Yesterday was a sad day for Egyptians as the funeral of one of Egypt’s most prominent figures was held. On Saturday, actress Dalal Abdel Aziz passed away after fighting complications due to COVID-19. It was such a tragic event that sunk deep in our hearts as her husband, Samir Ghanem, had just passed away a couple of months ago.
Dala Abdel Aziz leaves behind two amazing actresses: Donia Samir Ghanem and Emy Samir Ghanem. The entire family has always had the spotlight on them due to their exceptional talent. However, during these hard times, it is time to let the family grieve in peace.
We’ve been seeing photos of the funeral and the entire Egyptian media take advantage of a tragic event for the sole purpose of gaining traffic. Have we completely lost our decency and humanity? Have we really been stripped of our emotions and would do just about anything to gain a few hundred likes and shares?
Many publications and media outlets were seen sharing photos of the daughters crying hysterically, taking photos of Egyptian actors and actresses who attended, or even making lame news by highlighting who didn’t attend the funeral. When will we understand that there are certain red lines we shouldn’t cross? When will it sink in that just like everyone else, this is an extremely difficult time and we should give this family and their friends the chance to grieve in private without a photographer snapping away and highlighting their grief?
To all the media outlets and publications, have some decency and humanity and try to consider these people’s emotions. No matter how famous they are, they are still humans at the end of the day and we should respect their privacy, especially in these difficult times.
We’ve been made to care about numbers, followers, likes, and shares that we translate everything into a form of metrics stripping it from any type of emotion or ethics. We urge every news outlet to stop and think before publishing content just for the sake of traffic. Consider the situation, have some empathy and refrain from making someone else’s tragedies and difficult times a highlight in your day. Be human.
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