Why Egypt Banned ‘Saturday Night Live Arabia’

Feb 13, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Egyptian authorities have banned the Arabic version of “Saturday Night Live,” with an official explaining today that the action was taken because the show allegedly used “sexual expressions,” the AP reports.

“An investigation of the show’s content by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council showed that ‘SNL Arabia’ has consistently used inappropriate ‘sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,’ Ahmed Salim of the council told The Associated Press. The show’s entire content ‘violates ethical and professional criteria,’ he said,” the story reports.

The AP report adds: “‘SNL Arabia’ was first aired in Egypt two years ago. It follows an identical format to its U.S. namesake, featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, musical performances, videos and parody news. It has stayed well away from politics.”

The United Arab Emirates pay-tv network OSN produces the show, which aired most recently on Egypt’s ON ENT. “The station’s chief, Mustafa el-Saqa, told the AP they have stopped airing the show’s promos since the ban was announced late Sunday. He did not say whether Saturday’s episode would be aired or not,” the report notes.

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