On 11 January, the Egyptian Council for Women’s Rights (ECWR) filed a complaint to the Supreme Council for Media Regulation against television commentator Yasmin Ezz, averring that Ezz’s rhetoric promotes violence against women.
Within its statement, the NCW “announce[d] its rejection and deep dissatisfaction with the abusive content” presented on Ezz’s daily segment on MBC Egypt, Kalam el-Nas (‘Talk of the People’).
Ezz, who is a polarising figure in Egyptian media spheres, has continually been accused of inflammatory speech that calls on women to accept violence and degradation at the hands of men.
Her take on hyper-traditional, misogynistic gender roles has earned her both fame and notoriety, with the NCW alleging that Ezz’s speech “is insulting and reactionary, and includes the normalization of insulting and beating wives by husbands.”
According to the NCW statement, Ezz “takes advantage of individual cases circulated on social media to normalize domestic violence, spreading ideas that destroy the Egyptian family—the pillar of society.”
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“Yasmine Ezz”… is a famous Egyptian media woman, but not thanks to her programs in the first place, but rather because of her biased opinions towards men, which sparked widespread controversy on social networking sites, and in the artistic and media community as well.
Ezz, who has recently gained fame for her speech focusing on gender roles with celebrities she interviews in her show, has been a source of contention over the past few months over her remarks that raised a lot of feminists' eyebrows.
In her show, Ezz excessively heaps praise on Egyptian men and advises Egyptian wives to show more respect for their husbands.
"The man is one of God’s blessings like food and drink"… And as is the case with food, there is an etiquette for dealing with the husband,” Ezz said in one episode. In another episode, she said Egyptian husbands are like "a rare artifact."
In one of her weirdest -- but also seen as comical by many -- comments, the 34-year-old anchor urged wives to call their husbands title like Mr, or Dr. before their names.
"When your husband returns home, you should give him attention… he must feel his entrance [to home] has a prestige." Such a gesture "would captivate him," she added.
Ezz promotes violence against women through her “inflammatory” speech that calls on women to accept violence and degradation.
Ezz’s "speech also contains mockery, sarcasm, and bullying against the Egyptian family, particularly the wife.
“Every female should consider her brother as the little pharaoh.” And to “consider the Egyptian man a rare currency, to pamper him, and not ask him to bring the belongings of the house. not to humiliate his dignity,” and “if necessary, (the wife) to put on her expensive clothes so that he can step on her,”
“The husband has the right to hold his wife’s phone whenever he wants, but the wife does not have the right to hold her husband’s phone and spy on him.” Observers considered that the most critical of her comments was “in which the wife asked to use a winter voice while talking with him,” according to identical press reports and accounts.
"The husband shouldn't be sent to the supermarket with a shopping list, you should put him a letter instead, where is written "we just want to, that you come home". One of her other marriage advice.
These extreme opinions especially from an Egyptian woman are causing a huge wave in the media and I think she is hated by 99% of women in Egypt.
We keep seeing several women suffering from domestic violence from their partners. It reached the point where the abuse happened on the wedding day, and that’s outrageous.
Thirty-one percent of currently or previously married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 were subjected to some form of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse by their spouses in 2021, according to the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
She should use her power to encourage Egyptian women to fight against violence but she chooses fame and controversy instead.