It is bad; bad enough that even the series overload this Ramadan isn’t going to let her get away with it. Skimming through television we bumped into Ghada AbdelRazik’s Ramadan TV series “Ard Gaw”, and only 5 minutes into it was enough for us to realize that this is another distorted copy of the cliched image about Plane cabin crews. A world where the pilot is the womanizer, in a relationship back home but walking around and telling every single female that his eyes comprehend that he loves her, and where air hostesses fight over who serves Business Class so that they can bump into their own version of “3am Dahab” and change their lives forever.
The misrepresentation of reality goes on, as airhostesses flirt by day and hit the bars by night, gold-digging for “Abo Nawaf” the Emirati man who wipes sweat with dollar notes, so they can spend a night or two in the heaven that is his normal life. The series showcases an airhostess that is already engaged and yet running around with this money bag for cash.
“It is already 2017 and yet Egyptian drama still shapes the divorced, the air hostess, the single mother and a lot more into the same corrupted mold.”
All through the episodes, derogatory words are used, portraying women as cheaters who would do anything for the cash, and men as animals who only function through their base instincts. Apparently, in a Ghada world, a woman can only put on her airhostess uniform in the morning hoping for a number on a tissue or a card to be passed on to her.
As much as we hate to ruin your imagination Ghada, this is not how it works. The truth is your scriptwriter couldn’t bother to write his own ideas and preferred to reinforce the cliched image of pilots and airhostesses, and in the meantime attempted to ruin the reputation of people that might just be working hard and earning their living just like yourself.
It is already bad enough that we label people according to their jobs, it is already bad enough that we categorize, that we assume, that we judge what we don’t even know. We are already backwards, and this flawed portrayal of these occupations can only strengthen the roots of ideas that we are in desperate need of taking off.
It is already 2017 and yet Egyptian drama still shapes the divorced, the airhostess, the single mother and a lot more into the same corrupted mold. It is like we are viewing the world through a hole and ceasing to check out the window. We don’t know anything at all!
So, Dear Ghada and everyone involved in this work, not all that serves your drama and plot twist is the real and right thing to present.