Controversy rages on in Egypt after Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) despite having a female director (Safaa Hegazy) suspended eight female TV hosts from appearing on air until they slim down. The women were given one month to slim down before they can appear on air again with an “appropriate appearance”, the Al-Yawm al-Sabi website reports.
One of the affected presenters Khadija Khattab, a host on Egypt’s Channel 2, told the paper that she wants people to watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really “fat”, and whether she deserves to be prevented from working. Another presenter said the situation had upset their families and should have been dealt with internally.
As expected the airwaves and social media in Egypt are awash with various comments in support and against the pronouncement and debates about the justification are justified. The ERTU has said the decision stands but the women will have full pay during the go slim down period.
A journalist from the state-owned Al-Ahram daily, Fatma al-Sharawi says she thinks the policy should be applied across local TV stations. But author and academic Waheed Abdul Majid thinks the channel should focus on improving its content rather than the appearance of the presenters.
So now it seems ERTU’s definition of “appropriate appearance” for a TV host in Egypt excludes plus size ladies- what does this mean to the dreams of many plus size ladies whose sole desire is to be a T.V host?
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Written by Kike Olowu