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Omar Sharif’s grandson comes out over political fears for Egypt

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  1. Well said and I wish him luck, goddness knows he may need it if he returns to Egypt again.

  2. Staircase2 19 Mar 2012, 3:27pm

    Bless you, Omar

    it takes a brave man to do what youve done: and it take a brave man (and woman) to stand up to tyranny in order to bring about positive change in the world.

    This is something that all activists know and understand and that all ‘Rights’ are built upon.

    Thankyou

  3. Brave man indeed! A man of vision and humanity…what a contrast with the pathetic John Fashnu.

  4. Omar Sharif (the wonderful movie star) has always been a great ambassador for Egypt. Omar Jr is certainly following in his footsteps – he is showing the true Egyptian spirit by refusing to hide in the shadows and facing the world with integrity and dignity. He also has grandpa’s good looks! Good luck Omar!

  5. Much metta to Omar; a very courageous man.

    I’m honestly confused about one thing. Please don’t attack me because my question is sincere. How can someone be “half-Jewish”. I thought that a person was Jewish if his mother was Jewish, even if his father wasn’t and wasn’t Jewish if his father was Jewish but his mother wasn’t. If that’s the case, how can one be “half Jewish”?

    Of course some people convert to the Jewish faith, but even that wouldn’t make the person half Jewish.

    1. Spanner1960 19 Mar 2012, 10:16pm

      Being Jewish can be because of race, religion or country of birth. One has other mixed-race people, so why can somebody not be say, half Arab, half Jewish?

    2. His mother is Jewish, but he identify himself as half Jewish to acknowledge his other heritage.

      1. Paddyswurds 20 Mar 2012, 11:14am

        The mother thing only refers to the religious aspect.

  6. Paul Williams 19 Mar 2012, 9:43pm

    US politicians have used Gay rights as well as racial equality as wedge issues forever in this country too. What’s new? Your effort is very noble and will stand with millions of others around the world, even in the good ole USA. We are only one President away from Fundamentalist Sharia law by Baptists.

  7. If Egypt does go down that path, the main difference will be that it will be a lot more difficult to overthrow an Islamic fundamentalist state. Let’s hope the moderate voice prevail.

    1. Spanner1960 19 Mar 2012, 10:17pm

      An honourable statement, but I am afraid that is very wishful thinking.

    2. Yes, its the classic case of using democratic process to establish dictatorship

  8. Egypt is doomed! It will be just another theocracy like evil Iran! Get out if you can and want freedom in a secular society.

    1. I’m inclined to agree…but where exactly does one go?

      1. DJ Sheepbrains 20 Mar 2012, 1:35am

        Venice.

      2. Paddyswurds 20 Mar 2012, 11:16am

        Wasn’t he born in the USA, so is entitled to live there.

  9. Sad when you think that the Arab Spring was to help free the people of Egypt and other nations of the Middle East.

    That nothing is changing, is a worry. Don’t they want change. Isn’t it what they fought and died for. Islam must change, revolutionise itself and modernise itself.

    I must admit I was in love with his grandfather. Such an amazing man, Omar Sharif and a great actor.

  10. DJ Sheepbrains 20 Mar 2012, 1:33am

    Listen, Egypt was a great country once. That was a long time ago. At least a thousand years ago. They had pharaohs and pyramids and stuff. And two gay geysers that were hairdressers and were married had there own pyramid. It’s been downhill ever since.

    1. Geysers?

      *imagines two joyful water-heaters dressing hair*

  11. Dr Robin Guthrie 20 Mar 2012, 1:36am

    Brave as he is, I think he will find himself at the end of a noose if he goes back to Egypt.

    That religion has no place in this century.

  12. Conor McGahon 20 Mar 2012, 10:17am

    I think religion can be a force for good but institutionalised superstitution is destructive whether it relies on the Koran, the Bible or politics to spread its message.
    What an admirable step for this young man to take in speaking out against tyranny whether anti-gay, anti -jewish, anti-whatever.
    An act of great and quite selfless courage.

  13. The older Omar Sharif was the perfect movie star – SO good looking, suave, charismatic, and with a natural instinct for film acting. I seem to recall that he played a gay character in ‘The Night of the Generals’, or at least it was briefly insinuated in the way such matters were back then. Good movie actually – Sharif has made lots of them. I last saw him in Hidalgo (another great story, very exciting) with Viggo Mortensen, another gorgeous actor whose charisma just burns through the silver screen into your heart and pants. Anyway, the point is that Omar Jr has genes made of special stuff so it is of little surprise that he is taking such a courageous stance. I think he is going to be OK, a great mover of people’s hearts, just like his grandfather.

  14. A very brave step indeed, though I fear it’s something that someone with a family of such prominence can only do when living outside the country itself. Let’s hope it inspires more Egyptians to take a similarly brave stance.

  15. God Bless him and all who have come out to support the freedom for all LGBT people around the world. We need everyone who is gay and straight and support their gay brothers and sisters to come out in support of making a change now to free all LGBT people to marry and have good jobs and live as free as anybody else. The time is now to stand up and be counted while we have this chance to go free and get all our human rights as well as equal and civil rights everywhere. We can do it if all LGBT people everywhere and their supporters work together to make it happen.

  16. i am very Sad when i think that the Arab Spring was to help people of Egypt to be free, happier…but today i see that
    nothing is changing, and this is a big worry. The Islam must change, revolutionise itself and modernise itself with better vision of the new century.. I am very happy that he starts to do something for it…i am proud about his behavior…from Belgium from a half Italian, half Brazilian guy

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