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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's popularity rebounds

El-Bernameg returned on 7 February after being cancelled by CBC in October following complaints by supporters of army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Feb 2014
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Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef (Photo: AP)
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The popularity of Bassem Youssef's El-Bernameg show has rebounded since he was criticised for mocking supporters of army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

In a February poll by Baseera – an independent Egyptian polling agency – 68 percent of respondents aged between 18 and 29 said they liked the show, up from 47 percent in October. The figure for respondents aged over 50 was 35 percent, compared to 22 percent in October.

The show has approximately 8.3 million viewers inside Egypt, Baseera said.

The percentage of those who approved of the show's closure - a demand made repeatedly by Youssef's critics - has fallen from 44 percent in October to 36 percent in February. While 47 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the show's closure, compared to 48 percent in October.

Youssef's show was very popular before the ouster of Morsi in July, 2013 as he relentlessly focused his satire against the troubled Islamist president, his followers and religious preachers who supported him. 

However, Youssef came under strong attack from supporters of the Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi after the ouster of Morsi when he started mocking supporters of the army chief Abdel-Fattah whose popularity had significantly increased after he announced Morsi's ouster last July following mass protests against the Islamist leader.

The show's third series was suspended by CBC satellite channel in October following complaints that Youssef had mocked supporters of army chief Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi and allegedly insulted Egypt's military.

Youssef later signed a contract with MBC group and the show resumed on 7 February.

Prosecutors are currently investigating fresh complaints by El-Sisi supporters that Youssef insulted the army chief and the armed forces.

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Pharaoh
25-02-2014 07:30pm
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Bassem youssef desires to bring an american ideology to egypt. He is dangerous and his satire is getting very lame. He is more involved in politics than in comedy. I am beginning to hate him. Many people see him as a spy because his mentality is not egyptian but american. He will not respect the egyptian way of life. He will bring civil society to Egypt in an anglo-conforming way. Stand against him. I respect pluralism and freedom but within the enlightenment philosophy limits. His anglo-saxon ethnocentric way of thinking will destroy the nation. We need to be accepting of civil society but our nation should never become a civil nation. He desires to lactify and whiten Egypt to make us modern. I have lived in america my whole life and I can tell you that white-washing each individual is the unethical American way. Egyptian-americans brand Egyptians as others(calling them FOB). Egypt will not become the west and Egypt will not become arab. I am more intellectual than him, contest begins
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02-03-2014 02:51am
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are you freaking kidding me?!
Yes. Let's hang on to a way of thinking that has clearly failed us because we see it as "egyptian". And let's escape from new ways of thinking, ones that might help us, because we think that its "american". I mean, who wants progress anyway? Who the heck want this thing called "a better life" and "dignity". Let's just stick with our old ways of thinking because...well, because they're ours and old!
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Hebattalah
25-02-2014 01:35am
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Why no insult it is his point of view and I totally respect, whatever the way he expressed it.I am one of the supporters of El Sisi, and I laughed and enjoyed his beautiful jokes and comments , I am not annoyed and it is okay, we fought before the opinion's intolerance and not accepting others' point of view. take it easy please, his popularity is the same and will increase more, by God's will inshallah.
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Kyiv
24-02-2014 04:05pm
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Basssem Youssef
The data indicates that this is a popular show, this is not in dispute. Political and military elites are not infallible beings to be worshipped.
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maya
24-02-2014 03:48pm
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satirist bassem yousseff
We love his show!!! Only we want english subtiltles for all the non speaking arab people And everybody who is against him has a small mind! First when u dont like his show.......zap to other channel Second....he is a satirist, so u must see the humor ! Third.........we live in 2014, soooooo open ur mind!!!!
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