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In an effort to capitalize on a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.The shows – one produced in Egypt and the other in Kuwait – also poked fun at Sudanese culture, mocking the Sudanese Arabic dialect and portraying darker skinned people from Sudan as poor or lazy.The backlash from Sudanese viewers was swift, prompting Hussein to issue an apology for what he said was a "misunderstanding with our brothers, loved ones and family in Sudan ... I have the bravery to apologize if this offended people and I don't want anyone offended by me".He also noted that he was proud to have been taught by Sudanese teachers in Kuwaiti schools.After seeing the Kuwaiti show online, Sara Elhassan, a 33-year-old Phoenix-based Sudanese-American writer uploaded videos on Instagram criticizing the show and its depiction of Sudanese people.
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