Channel 2 suspended 8 women saying that they have 30 days to get an ‘appropriate’ appearance for TV – which means that unless they lose their ‘extra’ weight by the end of this month, they will lose the job. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) was involved in the instruction to slim down, Al-Yawm al-Sabi reports. The director of the company is also a woman who works as an anchor (maybe she is just jealous to her plus-size workers?).
One of the hosts, Khadija Khattab told Al-Yawm al-Sabi that she wants viewers to decide for themselves whether she is too “fat” to appear on television. A second presented suspended said her family had been affected and that the situation could have been dealt with internally.
Amid calls to reverse the decision, ERTU has said it will not back down, but that the woman will still receive pay and benefits during their month’s leave. A debate has broken out in Egypt over the decision, with many commentators backing up the decision, but others saying that state TV should improve the quality of its content, rather than focus on the appearance of its female hosts. Many took to social media to defend the women, with some describing the hosts as “strong women”, but others used the term ‘bakabouzas’ to describe the women, an Egyptian slang term meaning overweight woman.