Bassem Youssef (باسم يوسف) and Jon Stewart cause some Twitter Troubles for the U.S. Embassy
Jon Stewart's support of Bassem Youssef after the Egyptian comedian got locked up for making fun of the president of Egypt was well done, passionate and expected.
What was unexpected, however, was a Twitter fallout between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Egyptian officials. The U.S. Embassy made the mistake of tweeting a link to The Daily Show's video which angered Egyptian officials and Islamists. The embassy tried to correct the mistake by taking down their entire twitter page. Tisk, tisk.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo was cool for 2.5 seconds when they tweeted a link to the Daily Show's awesome defense of Bassem Youssef an Egyptian TV host and satirist.
The clip shows Stewart's support of Youssef who is known as Egypt's Jon Stewart. Youssef was thrown in jail for insulting President Mohamed Morsi, which was a hypocritical move on Morsi's part. Youssef was later released on bail.
Egyptian officials were furious about the tweet saying it was "inappropriate" and it promoted "negative political propaganda".
Then the U.S. Embassy managed to make a bad situation even worse by deleting the entire embassy twitter feed in attempts to scrub the offending tweet.
The feed was eventually restored, but the damage was already done. Now the U.S. Embassy just looks like a big wussy that caved in to the online peer pressure of Cairo.
Just because you live in Egypt doesn't mean you have to self-censor. Dear U.S. Embassy, Grow a pair! Love, NMA.
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