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Imposing dress code on female singers in Egypt a 'ridiculous idea', art critic says

Tarek El-Shennawy expressed dismay with head of Musicians Syndicate Hany Shaker’s decision to enforce a dress code for female singers

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015
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Lebanese singer Elissa performs at a concert in Beirut (Reuters)
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Music critic Tarek El-Shennawy stated that the latest decision by Hany Shaker, the singer who was recently elected head of the Musicians Syndicate, mandating female singers adhere to a dress code, is an "amateurish act."

“Instead of focusing on the dress code of singers, Shaker should be focusing on developing art and refining it during these difficult times,” Shennawy said in an interview with MENA.

“For the time being, art is suffering from stagnation, especially with the spread of piracy that has led many producers to be reluctant with projects and hindered large art and music events,” he added.

Some commentators have previously expressed displeasure at some singers’ outfits, claiming that the female artists dress immodestly.

Shennawy pointed out that even if Shaker were to impose a dress code on local singers such as Bardis, Shakira, and others, he would be unable to impose much on big stars such as Haifaa Wehbe, Nancy Ajram, and Elissa.

“Honestly, I don’t know how Shaker will be able to specify the type of attire appropriate for each singer or who will even determine this,” Shennawy said.

He added that with this statement, Shaker, whom Shennawy said he respects as an artist with a long history in the music scene, is asking for a fight with a large number of people who work in the scene. 

Shennawy said he believes that the decision will be deemed ridiculous by everyone since Shaker has himself previously acted in films featuring belly-dancers.
 

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Truth Ankh Amon
02-09-2015 12:11pm
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Women's Artists Syndicate
How about creating a Women Singers Syndicate to "Shake the Shaker" ? Is Hany Shaker affiliated to an MB or Salafist group ? Does his syndicate has any right to impose such pre-historic policy ? If one day Egypt will be a real Democracy it is because we have very Brave, courageous and very intelligent women. Never forget who saved our Revolution in Tahrir Mr Hani "Shake the Clown" Shaker
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Tut
01-09-2015 07:40pm
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Ridiculous banality
As if Egypt was a free heaven for journalists, youth, activists, and artists to freely express their views; let’s put restriction on dress code! When one thinks the kangaroo courts can’t get any more ridiculous and frivolous in Egypt; one always gets surprised how backward this system is. Is this what happens when the Cabinet and their staff can’t fix the economy, education, or employment; they focus their limited know-how on what they can influence most; ridiculous banality?
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Farida
01-09-2015 07:09pm
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Haifa's going to have heart failure
Cause she can't wear her duct tape outfit anymore HAHA But seriously, I agree with Sam...if you don't like it, don't go see it. And furthermore, ladies...Amr Diab's jeans. Enough said.
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Sam Enslow
01-09-2015 06:18pm
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Stop trying to control everything..
If people do not approve of how a singer dresses, they do not have to go to her concerts or watch her videos. It is not - or should not - be a matter involving the government. It seems Egypt's government wants to control all aspects of a citizen's Iife for no other reason than show they can. Egypt says it needs new thinking, creativity, to advance, but then attacks anything that is not done according to their beliefs and thinking. It us true. Egypt needs a counter culture, to have old thinking questioned. Egypt will not be able to advance to the future if its glance is always to the past. People will not create or think outside the box if each new thought is considered a threat to the State.
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