U.S. Embassy in Cairo Angers Egyptian President Morsi by Tweeting About Jon Stewart
Not even the U.S. government is immune from negative social media-related backlash, as was illustrated Wednesday when Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi lashed out about a tweet from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
Apparently, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was amused by a clip from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” that mocked Morsi about the arrest of an Egyptian satirist. The Cairo embassy tweeted a clip from the show, which resulted in a strongly worded tweet from Morsi’s office.
"It's inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda,” Morsi’s tweet read.
To mop up the political mess, the U.S. Embassy then shut down its Twitter feed Wednesday, then reactivated it without the Stewart tweet.
On his show, Jon Stewart made a joke about the arrest of the popular satirist, Bassam Youssef, poking fun a Morsi for arresting Youssef for the crime of “insulting the president and Islam.” Stewart then called out Morsi for being incredibly outspoken about his hatred of Jews.
The political tension is Egypt has been growing increasingly more intense as of late.
Secretary of State John Kerry explained on Tuesday that the U.S. government is becoming more concerned about the situation in Egypt, pointing out that he believes the country is at a “tipping point.”
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also described recent events in Egypt, such as Youssef’s arrest on Monday, as a “disturbing trend” of increased restrictions on speech.
"There does not seem to be an evenhanded application of justice here," Nuland said, also pointing out the slowness of the Egyptian government in its investigations of police brutality crimes, as well as the increasing number of attacks on people critical of the Morsi regime, such as protestors and journalists.