Brotherhood Bloopers: Gaffes of Egypt's new political elite go global


The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt may be praising righteousness, but their communication is anything but right. The party has encountered recent cringe-worthy moments over the past month, the following would prove to be examples.

Australia’s Channel 10 program, the Project, shows a clip of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi adjusting his private parts while seated next to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Another incident involved the Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud, who was conducting an interview with Dubai television anchor Zina Yazji.

As she asked him questions, he told her, “I hope your questions aren’t as hot as you are,” a remark to which both the presenter and Information Minister laughed nervously.

A few days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya @Ikhwanweb re-tweeted a message from the group’s deputy head, Khairat al-Shater:

“We are relieved none of @USEmbassyCairo staff were harmed & hope US-Eg relations will sustain turbulence of Tuesday’s events.”

This heartfelt tweet, however, was posted at the same time as the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arabic -language Twitter account and its official website were actively praising the protests.

A clear contradiction between the two accounts was highlighted by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo when it tweeted the sardonic response:

“Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too.”

While Mursi may be new at his presidential post, these brotherhood bloopers show that even the holiest of men engage in the occasional social gaffe.