A middle-aged Egyptian woman famous for telling US President Barack Obama to shut his “mouse” wouldn’t say no to her own TV show.
Muna al-Beheiri, who voiced her support for former general and leading Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in a succinct televised appeal to Obama (“Sisi yes, Morsi no”), became well-known after her February outburst went viral.
“We are Egyptian women. You are listen, Obama. Shut up your mouse, Obama,” Beheiri had said on the Egyptian Yaqeen channel.
This week, Al-Arabiya reported that Beheiri — who is still popular with the public — said that given the chance, she would like to host her own TV program.
Beheiri was invited to attend the Arab Media Forum in Dubai, where she received plenty of adulation from the crowds. Mobs of people reportedly rushed to have their pictures taken with her, requiring additional chaperons for the mother-turned-media darling.
During a session of the forum, an Egyptian TV anchor, Jihan Mansour, alluded to an offer the mother of three had received from a satellite channel to host her own program.
In an interview with al-Arabiya, Beheiri said she had received no such offer, but added that she wouldn’t say no to the idea.
“I would host a program, as long as it supports the institution of any country, whether Egypt or any country, even Qatar, because I love the Qatari people, but not the Qatari officials. Also America, I love the American people because they are good, they are not violent,” Beheiri told the news agency.
However, she was a lot more critical towards America’s leadership.
“Obama interfered in the Egyptian judicial system, he criticized the verdicts against members of the Muslim Brotherhood, even though some of these verdicts freed some members of the Brotherhood,” she said. “Obama also interfered in Egypt’s affairs by saying that our revolution was a coup, and our revolution was never a coup, it was the coup of all the people, by all means, against the corrupt system,” she added.
She added that fame had hit her by surprise.
“Of course I did not expect all this at all, because I have been saying a lot of things to the media over the past year,” she said. “I thought I wouldn’t lose anything, I’ll say what I have to say, whether they aired or not, I was then surprised to see it go viral on the mobile phones.”