A few days ago, the Egyptian-French ballet dancer Luca Abdelnour won second place in the international Swiss dance competition Prix de Lausanne, as well as being the first Egyptian ever to participate in this competition since its first release 49 years ago.
Great news huh? Okay, some Egyptians had some other opinion. Once the news has spread by Egyptian platforms on social media, people and especially men started the hate comments.
Fragile masculinity was sickeningly apparent, considering Luca less manly just because he’s playing the sport he’s most passionate about and simply “contradicts” their preferences! They found that a quite enough reason for insulting, belittling, and mocking him publicly.
On the other side, a plenty of Egyptians supported him and defended against the annoying harassment.
Bullying has no excuses at all. Don’t you remember Nour El-sherbiny the stunning squash player who faced similar hate comments whenever she obtains an achievement on her “short squash skirt”? Or Sarah Ahmed the weightlifter who was vilified for “not being feminine”?
Seriously it’s time for Egyptians to learn to respect others’ choices even when they don’t personally agree to them. If you’re not feeling proud or having the urge of being supportive, staying silent about it would cost you nothing.
In 2020, the Egyptian parliament has agreed on a law article that incriminates bullying with a minimum six months punishment and/or a minimum 10 thousand pounds fine. So that people would understand that such behavior is strictly unacceptable.