RABAT - Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who took refuge in France following a backlash over a role as a prostitute, is launching a YouTube channel to discuss controversial issues with people back home.

“Hello to those who love me, hello to those who support me. Hello also to those who don’t like me, to those who insult me and who listen to me anyway,” Abidar said in what she promised would be the first of a weekly video series. Urging her compatriots to get in touch, she said the channel would be used to discuss “subjects that trouble you and subjects that anger you.” Abidar, one of Morocco’s best-known actresses, took on pariah status in the country after playing a prostitute in “Much Loved”, a film by renowned Franco-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch.

The film was shown at the 2015 Cannes film festival but banned in Morocco where authorities deemed it damaged the country’s image as well as being “an affront to moral values and Moroccan women”.

The actress was attacked on a street of the coastal city of Casablanca in November 2015 and has since lived in France where she published an autobiography under the title “La Dangereuse” (The Dangerous Woman).