Egyptian Singer And ‘The Voice’ Star Sherine Abdel-Wahab Sentenced To Jail For Nile River Joke
Sherine Abdel-Wahab, one of Egypt’s most famous singers and the star of the Arabic version of “The Voice,” was sentenced to six months in prison after making a joke suggesting the Nile River was polluted.
Abdel-Wahab was slammed with a lawsuit in November after a video surfaced online showing a fan asking the singer to sing one of her popular songs, “Mashrebtesh Men Nilha,” which translates to “Have You Drunk From The Nile?”
Abdel-Wahab was heard saying “drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis.”Schistosomiasis is a disease in Egypt that’s caused by flatworms living in freshwater.
Abdel-Wahab joked to “drink Evian instead.” However after the video went viral, the singer was banned from performing in the country due to her “unjustified mockery of our dear Egypt.”