Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video

Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video

In response, the Makkah authorities said the city's governor Prince Khalid Al Faisal ordered those involved in producing the video to be prosecuted.

Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities "hypocritical".

In the song she sings the line: 'Our respect to other girls but the Mecca girl is sugar candy'.

In the video, the young rapper from Mecca, who identifies herself as Asayel Slay, praises what she describes as bold women in Islam's holiest city.

However, the reforms have been accompanied by an ever-deeper repression against government critics, including the arrest of high-profile women's rights activists, including Loujain al-Halthloul, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents. Supporters are rallying behind it with the hashtag, #Mecca_Girl_Represents_Me. In June 2018, a rapper by the name of Leesa A dropped a video where she celebrated the country's lifting of a ban that prohibited women from driving.

Another social media person added: "It's the one rap track that doesn't comprise a unmarried obscenity, insult, pornographic scene, nudity, cannabis or smoking and the rapper is even dressed in the hijab". Following the arrest orders, the Facebook account of the rapper has been suspended and video removed from her YouTube account.

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Others, however, called out the racially discriminatory posts and pointed out the authorities' double standards. For instance Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred, who is facing three rape charges, performed in Riyadh past year.

Social media users accused authorities of projecting an image of modernisation overseas while cracking down at home.

A host of Western women musicians - from Janet Jackson to Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj - have been invited to perform in the kingdom as its eases its tight restrictions on various forms of entertainment, in a bid to shake of the country's ultra-conservative image.

"While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression, " Minaj said.

At a music festival in December, 120 Saudi men and women were arrested for wearing "inappropriate clothes."

It comes after Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman is making efforts to advertise a extra trendy symbol of the dominion out of the country as a part of the Vision 2030 scheme.

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