Report: “Filthy” Egyptian Singer Jailed for Eating Bananas Seductively.
26-year-old Egyptian Pop-star, Shaimaa Ahmed has been jailed for 2 years following her arrest for “Incitement to debauchery” by Egyptian Authorities.
Miss Ahmed’s song ‘I have Issues’ features her dressed any normal Western girl at work as she stands in front of a class. Miss Ahmed eats both an apple and banana while the cameras zoom in on her mouth, which playfully implies Fellatio, but never passes beyond the realm of decency by modern Western standards. It very much fits the formula for most young internationally acclaimed pop-stars such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj.
Along with many of her peers in the music industry, Miss Ahmed faces fines, incarceration and intimidation from the Ultra-conservative establishment; who have branded her and other female singers as “filthy”, “Shameful” and “prostitutes”. Many other singers, music video directors and LGBT activists have also been reprimanded, jailed or gagged for daring to go against the increasingly conservative attitudes in the nation since the Arab Spring in 2011; where the once banned, Muslim Brotherhood has been re-legalised.
Ms Ahmed’s case is frankly the tip of the iceberg when observing the worrying trends that encourage the violence and oppression of women in the North African nation. On mainstream television and in newspapers, influential Clerics and pundits have called for the age of consent to be lowered and even in some cases eradicated entirely, allowing for new-born marriage. While on top of this protesting has been banned entirely and journalists are imprisoned with increasing frequency. To this day over 17% of all girls in Egypt are illegally married off under the age of consent and a staggering 93% will have been exposed to the practice of FGM.
Both Ms Ahmed and the people of Egypt are trapped in an oppressive hell-scape which is still being supported by both the E.U and America. The European Union remains Egypt’s largest import and export partner and American tax dollars make up most of the nation’s financial and military aid.
Ms Ahmed has been fined and her video deleted with an apology, yet she remains behind bars for the duration of her 2-year sentence. The Director of the video, Mohammed Gemal has also been convicted in absentia for a matching 2 year sentence. Under Egyptian law Ms Ahmed has the right to appeal the verdict to a higher court, but considering the drive for religious orthodoxy and the pursuit of increasingly strict public morality laws, Ms Ahmed’s fate looks unlikely to change.