The Syrian actor, Bassem Yakhour, responded via the Al-Astori feature on Instagram to the campaign of threats and violent criticism that affected his person and his art, after expressing his opinion on the series “Smile, General”, in which the actor Maxim Khalil played the starring role.
In the details, and despite the fact that some time has passed since Bassem Yakhour appeared in the “Marahel” program and the statements he made after the broadcaster asked him a question about whether he agreed with his fellow Syrian actor Maxim Khalil, and about his opinion of his Ramadan series, to reply, saying, “I love Maxim Khalil.” On a very personal level, but I strongly disagree with him on all the details, even with regard to his latest work “Smile, General.” He considered that the whole work situation is outside the artistic logic and outside what the artistic work should be, as it should not set direct goals for personal handling, not That is one of the ingredients of art.”
Bassem Yakhour criticized the severe attack he was subjected to simply for expressing his opinion on the series “Smile, General.” He said, “Just a technical opinion that does not offend anyone in response to a question in the Marawah program. Was it necessary for all these threats and videos to distort speech and fabrication?”
It is noteworthy that the series “Smile, General” (written by Samer Radwan, directed by Urwa Muhammad and starring Maxim Khalil), which dealt with a struggle for power and influence between two brothers within a ruling family, was subjected to many reactions during its presentation during the month of Ramadan, between those who supported the work and praised its boldness, and those who supported it. He demanded his arrest and a review of its content and merits.