Story By: Basant Essam, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Egypt is to prosecute a dad-to-be for a harmless prank in which he pretended a light show in which the pyramids were turned blue to promote World Liver Day was really for his child’s gender reveal party.
The clever stunt took advantage of the fact that the iconic pyramids of Giza were being lit up blue to promote World Liver Day day when he turned up with his wife and a few friends.
They then filmed the video showing themselves standing in front of the pyramids waiting for the colour to change to blue, and his wife pretending to be surprised at learning that she is expecting a boy.
The couple and their small group of friends then celebrated with the blue pyramids in the background, impressing his followers after claiming he’d spent many days arranging the permissions for the pyramids to be painted blue just for him.
However, Egyptian officials were less than impressed at the stunt by Siamand Mustafa, who has just 1,300 followers on YouTube, and his obviously pregnant wife Shahd after a heated debate erupted on social media about why the pyramids were being allowed to be painted blue for a gender reveal party.
Mohamed Abdelaziz, who runs the Sound and Light Company that arranges all pyramid celebration events, said that the entire video was a fake designed to cash in on the fact that they were colouring the pyramids blue for an entirely different reason.
He said: “A few days ago, the pyramids were lit up in blue and orange in coordination between the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Health on the occasion of World Liver Day, as well as on the occasion of the celebration of the elimination of Hepatitis C in Egypt.”
He pointed out that the pyramids were not used for advertising and added: “There are no private parties that take place in the pyramids area.”
He also confirmed that they were taking legal action over the video.
Walid al-Batouty, an advisor to the former Minister of Tourism, said: “The fictitious act committed by the Syrian YouTuber, promoting a misleading video of a gender party for his newborn lighting the Giza pyramids, is nothing but a clear lie aimed at false fame.”