David Frum

04.03.13

Egypt's 'Apes and Pigs' Morsi Can't Handle Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian Jon Stewart

Mohamed Morsi claims his persecution of Bassem Youssef is motivated by the complaints of everyday citizens. What a crybaby.

Will someone please buy Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood a few bandaids for their prissy little hurt feelings? A regime that can't handle being poked fun of by a comedian is a pathetic one indeed.

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As the New York Times reports:

Late Tuesday, the Egyptian president’s office said in a statement posted on Facebook that the interrogation of Mr. Youssef had been carried out by a fully independent prosecutor (albeit one appointed by Mr. Morsi) investigating complaints “initiated by citizens rather than the presidency.” Under Mr. Morsi’s rule, the statement added, “All citizens are free to express themselves without the restrictions that prevailed in the era of the previous regime.”

Writing on Twitter on Tuesday, Mr. Youssef reported that yet another legal complaint had been filed against him, this time for the previously unknown crime of “insulting Pakistan,” as part of what he described as a concerted campaign of harassment.

Insulting a blatantly anti-Semitic president deserves kudos. Attacking Pakistan is even better. Now if Youssef manages to go after Hamas, can we get him an American TV show?