Actor Ahmed Malek and Abla Fahita correspondent Shady Hussein distributed blown up condom balloons to Egyptian officers on the fourth anniversary of the January 25 revolution, and posted the video on their official Facebook accounts.
According to Youm 7, several lawyers submitted reports against them to the Attorney General claiming that the video posted is considered a criminal action under articles 306 and 302 of the penal law. Malek was contacted by a representative of the Acting Profession Syndicate who disabled all the actor’s work permits and placed him under investigation.
Ahmed Malek posted a formal apology on his official Facebook page claiming that it was a mistake that will not happen again.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone offended by the video, especially the Egyptian police force. The video is indeed offensive and contained violations that I did not expect to spread. This, however, does not justify the incident. I am only 20 years old and sometimes, at this age, reckless ideas take over rational thinking – and unfortunately mistakes are now documented, which only gives them a longer life-span and a larger effect. It was a reckless and uncalculated move that I sincerely regret and tried to erase. However, to my surprise, the damage had already been done. Maybe this whole situation stems from my generation’s frustration with not being able to express their opinion. Nevertheless, this does not give me the right to channel this frustration in an offensive manner. The most unfortunate result of this situation is that it will be used to discredit the revolution and its supporters and I only have myself to blame for that. I hope everyone understands that this moment does not define me, and that it was a mistake that will never happen again. Once more, I apologize.”
The public’s reaction was divided – some looked down on the incident in disappointment, while others supported Malek and Hussein claiming that it was merely a joke that went wrong.
Hussein was one of the protesters during the revolution in 2011, and was shot several times with rubber bullets.
Information gathered from Youm 7 and Malek and Hussein’s official Facebook accounts