Friday, February 11, 2011

Hosni Mubarak: My part in his downfall

John Rentoul has a useful feature on on his twitter feed where he lists questions to which the answer can only be no.

He's just nominated this question from the New Statesman:

Wyclef Jean's contribution to the Egyptian revolution

Is the Haitian rapper the real reason behind Mubarak's exit?
Of course he isn't, and it's as insulting as the frequent claims of David Hasselhoff to have somehow brought down the Berlin Wall. But why would you think Jean was responsible at all, Susannah Butter and Victoria Mitchell?
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Wyclef Jean's contribution to the Egyptian revolution

Posted by Susannah Butter and Victoria Mitchell - 11 February 2011 17:45

Is the Haitian rapper the real reason behind Mubarak's exit?

When not fermenting revolution in north African states or running for president in Haiti, Wyclef Jean is a rapper. Photo: Getty Images.

The Egyptian people triumphed today - but not without a little help from former Fugees rapper and erstwhile Haitian presidential candidate, Wyclef Jean.

The rapper uploaded his song "'Freedom' (Song for Egypt)" onto YouTube this morning. This afternoon, Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Coincidence?
Yes.

I will, however, offer a full and frank apology if two weeks of protests and the deaths of hundreds failed to move Mubarak but a bandwagon-jumping tune from Wyclef Jean made he give up.