As April Fool’s Day comes up on the docket, our PD Staff thought we should take a moment to reiterate that you might want to proceed with caution on any jokes you have up your sleeve.
Charged with Insulting the State, Egyptian pop singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab was sentenced to 6 months in prison and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (roughly $568) for telling what was perceived as a bad joke about the Nile River.
Yes, a joke about the Nile.
Side note: No, it was not the 1998-denial-is-more-than-just-a-river-in-Egypt one, which let’s face it, a prison sentence would make sense for.
Video surfaced in November 2017 of Sherine, whom has a hit song entitled, Mashrebtesh Men Nilha (Have You Drunk From the Nile) telling her audience that if they wanted to avoid Bilharzia they would be better off drinking Evian than directly from the Nile.
That’s it, that was the joke, and that is why in February Sherine was sentenced to hard-time.
In addition, despite apologies, Sherine was banned from performing by the Egyptian Musicians’ Union for what they’ve coined as her, “Unjustified mockery of our dear Egypt.”
Maybe it would be better if you stick with knock knock jokes if you are in Cairo.