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People say, 'Are you afraid? Are you scared for your life?' and I tell them: If I choose today to tone it down, if I choose today to shut up, tomorrow me, you, and all of us will be forced to.
It is very depressing to see that in the 21st century people are still using the same 1950s and '60s style of propaganda.
I always tell people that a revolution is not an event, it's a process. It is a struggle. And it doesn't usually go smoothly.
People would believe propagate, spread rumors or conspiracy theories in order to protect their own system of denial.
Egypt is kind of like the Hollywood of the Middle East. I mean, we had cinema maybe decades before the other Arab countries ever got independence.
The worst thing ever that you have to explain your joke because I was very disappointed trying to explain why the joke is funny for the interrogator.
Satire has its limits. It is really up to the people to make the change. The satirist's role ends at the screen.
Everybody grows up with comedy. I mean, Egyptian comedy has a very, very old tradition. Our theater and our movies are just, like, amazing.
There are people who believe in Egypt that I - I'm actually - I'm getting paid by external powers and external intelligence entities in order to use satire to bring down the government.
The only the way that you can live and function without seeing the facts in front of you is to put yourself in a constant state of denial.
I think that the religious and the military right wings are just two sides of the same coin if somebody uses God and religion and somebody uses country and security.
It is very difficult to imagine that you can actually get rid of a dictatorship that has been there for 60 years only in 18 days.
I was accused of insulting the president, insulting Islam, insulting - spreading rumors, disturbing the peace.
There's no glory and no respect in making fun of the weak, the powerless.