Egypt state TV suspends 8 female anchors for being overweight

egyptThe Egyptian Radio and Television Union banned the broadcasters from appearing on the air until they lose weight and they’ve been given a month to achieve an “appropriate appearance,”

According to BBC, they were told ”Walk like an Egyptian — and come back when you’ve lost some weight”,in a controversial decision that is drawing criticism from women’s groups.

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Khadija Khattab, one of the banned broadcasters, told a Saudi newspaper that she finds the decision humiliating. She suggested that people should watch her recent appearances and see for themselves whether or not she’s “fat.”

“I believe I am an ordinary Egyptian woman who looks normal, and I don’t wear too much makeup,” she said

Fatma al-Sharawi, a journalist for the state’s newspaper, supported the move and said it should be implemented at all local TV stations.

Alaa el-Sadani, a commentator at the daily paper, voiced similar views, calling the anchors’ appearance “disgusting and repulsive.”

NY Daily

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