Is the world topsy-turvy compared to the US?
Poets in other countries are thrown in prison for what they write, and in Egypt, a maid-turned-TV cooking show host is being considered for political office.
Her employer’s brother gave his sister’s cook and maid a TV show about how to cook on a few dollars a day.
In the words of 25TV owner Mohamed Gohar, Set Ghalia allows Egyptians – and other Arabs too – to see themselves as they really are – poor, struggling to make ends meet. Her budget runs to $4 (£2.50) a day. Her haggling skills have become a Cairo legend.
She is the Rachael Ray of the Middle East with a 90-minute prime time show that is a huge hit. Now, there is a call for her to run for political office. That’s like Rachael or Paula running for senator.