Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged with public obscenity, faces up to 5 years in jail for wearing a see-through dress at film festival
Rania Youssef, who was attending the closing ceremony on Thursday, November 29, looked stunning in a see-through black dress
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef has been charged with public obscenity by a group of lawyers for her appearance on the red carpet at a film festival in Cairo. Youssef, who was attending the closing ceremony on Thursday, November 29, looked stunning in a see-through black dress with a sequined crisscross pattern that was worn over a black leotard. The look showcased the actress’ legs, but it looks like it may also land her in prison.
Her trial is set on January 12, and if she is convicted, the 44-year-old could face up to five years in prison, reports the Daily Mail. Considering the conservative nature of the Muslim country, Youssef’s conviction is a very real possibility. Although the newly found glimpses of secularism may work in her favor, despite the many complaints accusing her of “inciting immorality and promoting vice.”
There are already many voices from Egypt on the Internet, standing up for Youssef’s right to wear what she wants. Meanwhile, many living outside of Egypt egged the country in general and the judge hearing the case to make the right decision.
SydneyRachel Armstrong, for example, said, “#rainayoussef looks gorgeous and respectable. I fail to understand this backward and patriarchal situation. Proceed wisely, Egypt. We’re watching.” Another fan, Zakaria MJ tweeted, "Rania Youssef is looking gorgeous," he wrote in a message in English. "I don't get why everybody is mad at her."
Meanwhile, Youssef, in a Facebook statement late Saturday, said that she misjudged the fashion choice and that she may have been influenced by fashion experts. This news comes in the wake of the conviction of Egyptian novelist on a charge of obscenity in 2016 for referencing sex and drugs in his book. He was sentenced to two years in prison, which led to quite the backlash from human rights activists.120 prominent writers and artists, including Woody Allen, signed a letter demanding his freedom, after which he was released and his sentence was suspended following an appeal to a Cairo court.