Disney drops Arabic Donald Duck over anti-Israel tweet
Egyptian voice-over artist says he's proud to be dropped over calling for Israel's destruction.
A tweet calling for the destruction of Israel cost an Egyptian voice-over artist his job with Walt Disney, as the voice of the Arabic version of Donald Duck.
"Disney decided I am no longer the official voice of Donald Duck in its middle-east dubbed cartoons because of an anti-Zionism tweet," Wael Mansour, a radio personality and a voice artist from Cairo tweeted on February 6, adding that he was "Proud!" of the punishment.
Disney dropped Mansour after he tweeted statements hostile to Israel last August.
"I truly wish #Israel is demolished, I hate Zionism, I have so much hate inside me with every single child they murder or land they seize!" Mansour tweeted on August 4, which was retweeted over 950 times. He also told his followers later: "I don't know why insulting #Israel & #Zionism is "Anti-Semitic"?! They are just a bunch of Polish/ Ethiopian immigrants roughly 70 years old."
Here is the tweet that lead Disney to end my role as Donald Ducks official voice in Arabic dubbed cartoons in the ME pic.twitter.com/ZLdpN1NrMF— Wael Mansour (@Wa2elMansour) February 6, 2014
At the time Disney tried to distance itself from Mansour. A spokesman with the company told the media that Mansour is not a Disney employee, but works for a dubbing company.
Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Roy Disney who helped his brother Walt found the company, blasted Mansour's statements, describing them as "Repellent, of course," via her twitter account.
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