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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jon Stewart on Bassem Youssef; US Embassy Shows Sense of Humor; Egyptian Presidency None

I noted yesterday the Egyptian government's legal harassment of satirist Bassem Youssef for his lampooning of President Morsi, and posted a video of Youssef's interview with CNN. Youssef is often referred to as "Egypt's Jon Stewart," after his nearest American counterpart; yesterday America's John  Stewart came to Youssef's defense:

In fact, the US Embassy in Cairo posted and tweeted this episode, provoking criticism from the Freedom and Justice Party and a rebuke from the Egyptian Presidency:
Wow. The US Embassy has a sense of humor. Who knew? Egypt's Presidency? Not so much. Still the only folks in all of Egypt with no discernible sense of the absurd.

UPDATE: The tweet shown above has now been deleted by the Presidency.

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