Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab pays heavy price over a joke

11:07 PM | 28 Feb, 2018
Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab pays heavy price over a joke
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Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab has been sentenced to six months in jail by an Egyptian court because of a joke that was taken as an insult to Egypt according to a report by Al Ahram Online.

The report further stated that the singer has been ordered to pay EGP 5,000 ($283) bail until further notice along with an additional fine of EGP 10,000 ($566.)

Abdel-Wahab has been sentenced after a video of her was released where she made a joke to a fan about how drinking water from the Nile would make them sick. The video in question went viral and the Egyptian populace was not amused.

The video, released way back in 2016 shows a fan asking the singer to sing her famous song,"Mashrebtesh min Nelha" which roughly translates to: "Have you ever drank the water of the Nile."

The actress then made the grave mistake of jokingly saying "I would catch Bilharzia ... better drink Evian instead."

The singer almost immediately issued an apology afterwards but was still temporarily banned from any performances in Egypt.

News of the sentence has been making rounds online, with people in favor of or opposing the decision;

Some made pretty logical arguments:

While others were all for the sentence:

"She insulted and mocked her country in a foreign place, that is not acceptable. Her comment wasn't meant to bring attention to the issue, she just wanted to make fun of it."