*They say the camera adds 10 pounds, and that everyone looks a little…healthier on TV. Egypt’s state broadcaster thinks it’s more than the camera for eight of its female anchors, and has suspended them and ordered them to lose weight!
The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women just one month to take off the pounds before allowing them to appear again on air with what they say will be “appropriate appearance.”
Interestingly, the ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, who used a be TV anchor!
Lest you ask, yes, Hegazy is what many in the US would call a “skinny beeeatch.” I think she looks like Sally Field, but anyway…
Neither the women’s pay nor benefits will be withheld during the suspensions.
There’s a part of me that says “so your employer is going to pay you for a month to work out and push back the plate? Ok!” But the better part of me says “WTF???”
The announcement prompted an outcry from many factions, including the affected presenters. Khadija Khattab, a host of Egypt’s Channel 2, said she wants people to watch her most recent TV appearances and judge for themselves if she is really “fat.”
Taking a look at Khattab’s picture, she’s…healthy, but I don’t think she’s enough of a porker to be pulled off the air. Hell, if that were the case, we wouldn’t know who Oprah “I love bread!” Winfrey was.
The Women’s Centre for Guidance and Legal Awareness was a little more harsh, condemning the move and claiming that it “violates the constitution” and is a form of violence against women.
Despite the criticism, ERTU sources say the decision won’t be reversed.
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