safaa hegazy

Safaa Hegazy

*They say the camera adds 10 pounds, and that everyone looks a little…healthier on TV.  Egypt’s state broadcaster thinks it’s more than the camera for eight of its female anchors, and has suspended them and ordered them to lose weight!  

The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women just one month to take off the pounds before allowing them to appear again on air with what they say will be “appropriate appearance.”

Interestingly, the ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, who used a be TV anchor!  

overweight tv anchor

Overweight Egyptian TV anchor, Khadija Khattab

Lest you ask, yes, Hegazy is what many in the US would call a “skinny beeeatch.”   I think she looks like Sally Field, but anyway…

Neither the women’s pay nor benefits will be withheld during the suspensions.

There’s a part of me that says “so your employer is going to pay you for a month to work out and push back the plate?  Ok!”   But the better part of me says “WTF???”  

Read more at EURThisNthat.