In a satirical Arab show this week, a minister was afraid of a Twitter user named “Cough Syrup.” He pleaded with the social media buff to help him keep his job by not leaking an inflammatory video to his superiors.
The minister’s role was skillfully played by Saudi comedian Nasser al-Qasabi in the show titled “Selfie.” During the episode, the minister’s fear drove him and his team to devise a schedule in which he visits cities, towns and neglected areas in an attempt to redeem himself after the person who shot the video fled.
The minister then resorts to “Cough Syrup” for further help. What’s surprising is that the Twitter user appears to be really young – as if he hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Despite his age, he has an army of Twitter users following him - an army that he seems to lead from one hashtag to another. The price for his silence is 100,000 Saudi riyals and two free flights a year.
There’s no doubt that social media has given “legions of idiots the right to speak”Turki Al-Dakhil