Sumary of How Egyptian entertainment has changed under military rule:
- From Rabat to Baghdad, Arabs learned to mimic Egypt distinctive dialect by way of its wildly popular musicals and comedies..
- President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in turn, made sure films portrayed the monarchy, which he overthrew, as corrupt and wicked..
- Two years after he and other military officers toppled the country first democratically elected president in 2013, Mr Sisi warned TV stars that they would be “held accountable”.
- Still, under Hosni Mubarak, the president from 1981 to 2011, they allowed films to depict police brutality, corruption and even homosexuality..
- The regime thinks that old films showing dirty cops fed protests against the police during the Arab spring of 2011..
- That the protests might have been inspired by real-life dirty cops appears not to have occurred to Mr Sisi henchmen..
- State-backed war flicks and heroic police dramas are popular enough, but Egyptian TV is a lot less interesting than it was before the coup….