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Egyptian Actors Pranked, Told They Are on Israeli TV Station

Then freak out.

4:50 PM, Jul 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Here's video of Egyptian actors who are pranked, and led to believe they are on an Israeli television program:

Needless to say, the Egyptian actors are not pleased to be with the Israelis. The video is courtesy of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute and is titled, "Egyptian Actors Pranked on Candid Camera Turn Violent When Told TV Channel Is Israeli."

Jonathan Tobin wonders if it's the "Worst Prank You Can Play on an Egyptian." He writes:

Producer Allen Funt turned his “Candid Camera” show where unsuspecting people were filmed while being subjected to pranks into a television institution that lasted for decades. It spawned modern, and often less gentle successors, such as “Punk’d” as well as foreign imitations. But, as Memri.org reveals, the Egyptian version of this genre found a way of freaking out their victims that seems to be straight out of a Sacha Baron Cohen movie. Al-Nahar TV tricked three Egyptian celebrities into coming in for an Arabic-language interview that they were told was for German television. But once the cameras were rolling, the interviewer and the staff on the set let it slip that they were really Israelis. As they say in the world of comedy, complications ensued.

All three of the prominent victims of this stunt were outraged at the thought of even being in the same room with people they presumed to be Jews, let alone appearing on an Israeli program. Two grew violent, with one burly male even assaulting the young female interviewer. The prank speaks volumes not only about the level of hatred for Jews and Israelis in Egyptian popular culture but about what is considered acceptable behavior in the Muslim world.

Whole thing here.

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