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Egyptian Council for Women asks Google to take down song 'Salmonella,' says it degrades women

The National Council for Women described the song as being 'degrading' and inciting harassment and abuse towards women

Sama Osama , Tuesday 7 Jan 2020
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Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) issued a statement yesterday saying that it had contacted Google administrators urging them to take down a widely circulated music video titled 'Salmonella' by commercial director and singer Tameem Youness.

The NCW slammed the song in its statement and described it as being "degrading" and inciting harassment and abuse towards women.

The statement added that the song "contains words and phrases that violate public morality" and breaks Egyptian laws against insulting and slander.

The council added in its statement that the song "represents a grave violation of the media charter of ethics and the code of professional conduct of 2017, which is binding for all media professionals and outlets."

The code stipulates respect for human dignity and prohibits offence to any segment of the society.

Youness released the controversial song on the video-sharing platform YouTube, which is owned by Google, on 1 January 2020.

The comedic song's lyrics are from the point of view of an unstable man who reacts with insults to being rejected by a woman.

Upon its release, the song stirred a lot of controversy, with some accusing the artist of insulting women and others defended him by saying that the song is satirical.

The song also happened to release around the same time when another video went viral showing a group of men assaulting a woman on New Year's Eve in the Nile Delta city of Mansura.

Youness posted a video on Facebook where he explained that the song was satirical and meant to condemn violence against women and call out some men's failure to properly deal with rejection.

However, the NCW said in its statement that regardless of the creator's intention, the song "makes light of a dangerous reality."

The council said that violence against women is a pressing social issue that the state has been working to combat, and that it should not be joked about.

According to the UNFPA, the latest gender-based violence indicators in 2014 revealed that more than one-third of ever-married women between the ages 15 and 49 had been subjected to physical violence.

A 2013 UN Women study reported that 96.5 percent of Egyptian women surveyed had been sexually harassed at some point in their lives.

"To every pettish man whose truth unfolds when he gets rejected", Youness wrote in the video's description.

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