Vote for pimp
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Malaysian demonstration for Egypt, featuring the popular hashtag written in Arabic
Vote for pimp or vote for the pimp (Arabic: انتخبوا العرص) is an expression carried forward based on an old Egyptian cultural term. Now used by some to refer to the country's military leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
1 The origin
2 The rise
3 Out of social media
4 Opposing the trend
5 See also
The term, (Arabic: العرص), translates in English to "the pimp". Egyptians used the term during the British colonel era; to describe a policeman who was responsible to check prostitutes before/while they practice the profession. The expression evolved recently into now a very popular hashtag against the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after he announced his candidacy for the soon expected Egyptian presidential election, 2014. Some do attribute the hashtag to opponents of the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état, which took place in Egypt in July 2013. While, the term has been used to refer to general's supporters by some Egyptian activists since September 2013.
The hashtag has started circulating social media on the 26 of March, as reported by Keyhole. The day that coincided with General Sisi announcing his intention to run for presidency. According to the tracking website, Keyhole, the hashtag achieved more than 100 million impressions within days of creation, and generated tens of thousands of messages on Twitter. Keyhole states that 23 percent of the hashtag's impressions came from outside Egypt.
As of 2 April, almost on week after the campaign started, the number of impressions had surpassed 400 million. On 7 April, Aljazeera reported based on a poll the news network conducted, 93% of participants agree to the usage of the hashtag. 
Out of social media
Since the campaign started a trend has been going on in Egypt to paint and write the hashtag onto walls and government property. Most notably government buses. Moreover, the hashtag popularity encouraged some people who are computer illiterate to insult the coup's leader. On 1 April, 4 days after the hashtag has been trending, the Android play store published an App allowing users to follow on the topic updates and trends. The app received an overwhelming response from users, where 78 out 81 who rated the App gave it 5 stars.
Opposing the trend
After the trend went global, some popular Egyptian television presenters were reported asking the government to block Twitter as a counter measure. However, the move has not been carried out yet.
2013 Egyptian coup d'état
June 2013 Egyptian protests
Democracy in the Middle East
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"'Vote For The Pimp' Hashtag Prompts Twitter Battle In Egypt". The Huffington Post. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
"Egypt presidential election announced for May 26, 27; Abdel Fattah al-Sisi mocked as 'pimp' on social media". Yahoo News. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
"Anti-Sisi hashtag goes viral". The Middle East Monitor. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
"Egypt Clamors for Military Leadership". The Wall Street Journal. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
"Real-time Tracker: #انتخبوا_العرص
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"Egypt's military chief Sisi quits to run for presidency". BBC. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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"آخر إحصائية لعدد مستخدمي و زائري هاشتاج انتخبوا العرص". Twitter. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
"استطلاع: 93 % يوافقون علي استخدام الهاشتاج المسيء للسيسي". Aljazeera. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
"حملة متحركة على أتوبيسات النقل". Twitter. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
"Back that ass up: Egyptian man jailed for naming donkey after Sisi". Al Bawaba. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
"اخبار انتخبوا العرص". Google Play Store. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
"Egypt TV presenters tout Twitter ban over anti-Sisi hashtag". Al Arabiya Network. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
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