An Egyptian actress who is facing litigation against public obscenity charges wearing a revealing dress says she did not mean…
An Egyptian actress who is facing litigation against public obscenity charges wearing a revealing dress says she did not mean to insult someone who appealed to her opponent to believe in her good intentions.
In a weekend Facebook post, Rania Youssef said she might have misjudged how people would react to the dress she wore at the closing ceremony of this year’s Cairo International Film Festival, revealing her entire leg through embroidered gauze.
When she chose that dress she said that she had referred to fashion designers who may have been influenced by tastes and standards at international film festivals.
“I want to repeat my commitment to the values and ethics we have grown in Egyptian society,” said Youssef without making a direct apology.
Pictures of Youssef at the event were widely shared on social media, which led to a group of lawyers to file a complaint to the Prosecutor, who quickly referred the case to trial. Many complaints disappear for months or longer before any action is taken, so the quick action makes the urgency of the desire to spoil those who commit crimes difficult.
Youssef will be in court on January 1
The case is the latest instance of apparently secular authorities embracing religious conservatism in the Muslim majority of Egypt, where the 2013 military, led by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, reversed a freely elected Islamic president, Mohammed Morsi.
Elected to office in 2014, El Sissi monitored a demolition that saw thousands of Islamists and many secular active democracy activists detained and reversed wins won by a popular 2011 uprising that toppled 29-year rule by autocrat Hosni Mubarak.  But while the Sissi government encompasses an almost obsessive opposition to political Islam, it has shown a high degree of tolerance against ultrasonservative Muslims. The Salafs, as they are known for decades, have been working quietly against the gradual, non-violent transformation of Egypt into a society that observes the Purist rules of Islam’s early 7th century.
El Sissi is known to be an observing Muslim who consistently invokes God in speeches but has regularly called upon the nation’s high priests to revise Islam’s discourse in an attempt to remove literature inspiring hatred or violence. In a television interview before the June 2014 election, El Sissi said: “I will be responsible for (the nation’s) values, ethics, principles and religion.”
Egyptian actor guild underlined in a statement that it intended to investigate and discipline actors who had “inappropriate” clothing during the opening and closing ceremonies at the weekly film festival, claiming they collided with “the traditions, values and ethics of society.”
“Although we absolutely believe in personal freedom artists, we appeal to everyone to take their responsibility towards the fans who appreciate their art and see them as role models,” said the statement. “It should force them to exercise a minimum level of commitment to society public values. “
Youssef’s dress and news about her prominent trial have dominated social media over the weekend, made the front of the Sunday in several newspapers and became the subject of several revelations.
While some social media rely on religion to terminate the actor “incomparability”, criticized the other legal system for what they saw as addictive to conservative and noted the lack of progress in addressing what they considered for some of society’s more pressing chronic diseases such as homelessness, corruption and sexual harassment of women .
Emad Hussein, editor of the independent and respected daily Al-Shorouk, said that Youssef had the right to wear the dress in her theory, but her “serious mistake” was that it “looked like a swimsuit . “
“There is a law prohibiting offending the public, but more importantly, the social values must be respected,” he wrote Sunday. 19659018]