I’ve since worn that flag loads of times. And I’ve always gotten the same reaction. It’s thus become one of my more popular costumes. I’ve even been requested to wear it at certain private functions. The last time someone asked me to perform in it was about three weeks ago, when I danced for former Egyptian Minister of Interior Ahmed Rushdie, and when I danced on Egypt’s new 24-hour belly dance TV channel, “El-Tit” (Don’t ask! :P). The TV shoot was particularly funny, because out of 10 costumes I brought with me, the production staff insisted I wear the flag. On both occasions, I politely declined.
Despite what a crowd pleaser my American flag costume is, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it these days. Especially on Egyptian TV! Times are different. I never thought I’d actually say this, but being American in Cairo is starting to get a little uncomfortable. Yes, my Arabic is quite convincing, and no, I don’t go around shoving democracy down people’s throats, but with all the political finger pointing going on these days, I feel a bit uneasy divulging my nationality (and wearing it on my body! :D).
*For the record, I’ve been wanting to make an Egyptian flag costume for centuries now. Yet many Egyptians advised me not to do that, as dancing in their flag would be taken as a huge sign of disrespect. Even though I see it as a sign of adoration.