The Syrian anchor, Nour Haddad, known as Nour Hanum, was exposed to a wave of sarcastic comments and a campaign of bullying after she made the decision to abandon the hijab and appear with her hair.
Nour is a renowned opposition anchor who is famous for presenting sarcastic videos of President Bashar al-Assad and his government. She usually puts on a hijab on her hair.
Social media activists circulated a picture of Nour Haddad without a hijab, amid a split of opinions vis-à-vis her daring move.
Some denounced her act and described her as a “hypocrite,” saying she would waste her popularity among the Syrian public, considering that she distorted notions of freedom (according to their expression).
Another group of activists defended Nour, denouncing “the imposition of tutelage on others,” stressing that Nour is the only person who decides what to wear and what not to, adding that the hijab is a personal issue that is related to the women’s personal decision.
Nour, who resides in Turkey, did not publish any picture of her without a veil on her social media accounts, while she closed her Facebook account after the campaign she apparently was subjected to.
Nour Haddad had gained wide fame after appearing on Syria TV via the “Nour Hanum” Show, which has gained popularity and achieved good success on the screen and on the YouTube platform.
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