Aliaa Magda Elmahdy nude photos Online Controversy
Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has become a household name in the Middle East and sparked a global uproar after a friend posted a photo of her naked on Twitter.It was later posted on Twitter with the hashtag #nudephotorevolutionary. The tweet was viewed over a million times, while Aliaa Magda Elmahdy's followers jumped from a few hundred to more than 14,000.Aliaa Magda Elmahdy actions have received global media coverage and provoked outrage in Egypt, a conservative Muslim country where most women wear the veil. Many liberals fear that Elmahdy's actions will hurt their prospects in the parliamentary election next week.
It has since received 1.5 million hits and thousands flooded the site with insults. Some denounced Aliaa Magda Elmahdy as a 'prostitute' and 'mentally sick' or urged police to arrest her.
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy's posting is almost unheard of in a country where nudity is strongly frowned upon - even as an art form and could lead to her being jailed.For the media, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy's brazen act may have become a topic with plenty of scope for abuse, and the 2.1 million page views that her blog received in a week may have been due to all the wrong reasons.But are these facts reason enough to insult Aliaa Magda Elmahdy's act as a 20-year-old Internet activist's scandalous ways to attract attention?
The April 6 movement, one of the most prominent liberal activist groups that led the 18-day uprising against Mubarak, issued a statement denying claims by some on the web that Aliaa Magda Elmahdy is a member of the group.The posting prompted furious discussions on internet social media sites, with pages for and against her put up on Facebook.
One activist, Ahmed Awadallah, praised her in a Tweet, writing, 'I'm totally taken back by her bravery.'A supporter, who identified himself as Emad Nasr Zikri, wrote in a comment on Aliaa Magda Elmahdy's blog, 'We need to learn how to separate between nudity and sex.'He said that before fundamentalist influence in Egypt, 'there were nude models in art school for students to draw'.Some 100 people liked his comment.Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and her boyfriend Kareem Amer, also a controversial blogger, have challenged Egypt's social conventions before.