Last month, an Egyptian court sentenced a 21-year-old woman to two years in jail. Her crime? “Inciting debauchery and immortality” … by eating a banana in a music video. Egyptian singer Shyma was additionally fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds.
How "scandalous" was this video?
Shyma appeared in her underwear in the video and "suggestively" ate a banana. Egypt is still a conservative and censorious nation, and the music video for Shyma's "I Have Issues" sparked controversy.
Have Egyptian police arrested other singers for similar reasons?
Yes. In 2015, a female dancer was sentenced to a year in prison for a music video with supposedly overtly raunchy dancing, while artist Laila Amer was reportedly arrested earlier this month for "inciting debauchery" with gestures in a video.
Doc and Kal recently talked about Egypt’s continued crackdown on free speech.