Hamza Hendavi, Associated Press
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018 09:12 PM EST
Cairo – Egyptian actress who faces trial for charges of general violence for wearing discovered clothes says she did not want to insult someone, appealing to her slanderers to believe in her good intentions.
During the Facebook weekend, Rani Youssef said she may have despised the way people responded to the dress she was wearing at the closing ceremony of this year's Cairo International Film Festival, which revealed the entire legs through the exported gas.
When choosing her dress, she said, she referred to fashion designers who may have been influenced by the tastes and standards of international film festivals.
"I want to reiterate my commitment to the values and ethics we have raised in Egyptian society," said Youssef, without apologizing for a full apology.
Images of Yusef at the event were widely shared in the social media, so one group of lawyers filed the complaint with the chief prosecutor, who quickly took the case to trial. Many complaints last for months or longer before an action is taken, and the rapid action issues the urgency of the desire to appease those who have been offended.
Youssef is expected to go to court on January 12.
The case is the latest case of supposedly secular authorities who accept religious conservatism in Egypt, where the military in 2013, which was then led by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, broke down the freely-elected but divided Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.
Executed in office in 2014, El-Sisi has since oversaw the pressure that killed thousands of Islamists and many secular, pro-democracy activists detained, and the reverse gains derived from the popular uprising in 2011 that toppled the 29-year reign of the Hosni Mubarak.
But while the El Sisi government accepts an almost obsessive opposition to political Islam, it has shown a great degree of tolerance for ultra-conservative Muslims. Salafists, as they are known, have worked silently for decades on the gradual, nonviolent transformation of Egypt into a society that follows the rules of purist on the days of the early 7th century of Islam.
El-Sisi is known for being an observer of a Muslim who repeatedly refers to God in speeches, but regularly urges the country's top priests to revise the discourse of Islam in an effort to remove literature inspiring hatred or violence. In a televised interview before the June 2014 elections, El-Sisi said: "I will be responsible for the values, ethics, principles and religion of the nation."
The actor's actor, meanwhile, said in a statement that he intends to investigate and discipline actors carrying "inadequate" clothes during the opening and closing ceremonies of the weekly film festival, arguing that they clashed with "the traditions, values and ethics of society . "
"Although we absolutely believe in the personal freedom of artists, we appeal to everyone to take on their responsibilities towards fans who appreciate their art and see them as models," the statement said. "They should force them to apply a minimum level of commitment to social values."
Youssef's dress and the news of her upcoming trial dominated social media over the weekend, made the cover of several newspapers on Sunday, and became the subject of several operatic decisions.
While some of the social media were referring to religion to condemn the actor's modesty, others criticized the judicial system for what they saw as a bow to the conservatives, noting the lack of progress in resolving what they considered some of the necessary chronic diseases in society, such as homelessness, corruption and sexual harassment of women.
"One nation is spoiled with dresses that are revealed at the festival, but it's not angered by one million children who sleep roughly and dig into food waste bins," Twitter columnist Khaled Montaser said.
Emad Hussein, the editor of the independent and respected daily Al-Sharouk, said that Youssef had the right, theoretically, to wear whatever clothes were chosen, but that her "serious mistake" was that "it looked more like a bathing suit."
"There is a law banning offending the public, but, more importantly, there are social values that need to be respected," he wrote on Sunday.