UAE Students Face Prosecution Over Harlem Shake-Like Dance Videos

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"Young people should adhere to the virtues and values of morality and should not practice such acts that affect the public morals so as to respect the national identity."

Apparently, some viral videos of youngsters dancing to a trending Arabic song have triggered the UAE attorney general to issue warnings.

A popular song, “Mutsawa,” released by Emirati singer Eida Menhali, attracted more than 3 million views on YouTube, motivating people to show off their dancing skills.

In what looks like an Arabic version of Harlem shake, the popular dabbing beat that became an internet dancing sensation, people have been dancing to the catchy beat of Mehali’s track, mimicking a Bedouin dance routine. They are sharing their videos on social media with a popular hash tag, #متصوع..

However, unlike the Harlem shake videos that were all the rage once upon a time, the “Mutsawa” videos were not welcomed, with traditionalists claiming the concept of these clips was offensive and against traditional values. 

UAE Attorney General Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsee said people posting these videos would be prosecuted. He also slammed schools and teachers for letting this happen, because in his view this was an example of being immoral and undisciplined.

"Young people should adhere to the virtues and values of morality and should not practice such acts that affect the public morals so as to respect the national identity," he said.

"They must also respect institutions and schools that train them to be good and responsible citizens," Al Shamsee added.

His sentiments were shared by several parents as well.

"Children are blindly following their peers and trends they may have seen on social media. It’s very dangerous, as some of these videos have been recorded in cars and on the roads. While it might have been fun to do it, they’ve put others at risk and should be punished for carrying out dangerous acts," said Salim bin Yaqout, a father of six living in Sharjah.

According to Yaqoub Al Hamadi, a social counselor for pupils in Sharjah, the video showcased the creative side of the children. However, since they are against the traditions, they need to just stop.

"The students went to great lengths to make these videos but there is no understanding of the consequences of their actions. While it may be funny to their peers, it inadvertently affects the image of our heritage. They need to stop and think of their actions," he opined.

So much for being a little different.

Regardless, most people on social media are in full support for the local dancing meme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there are also some who found it outrageous.

 

 

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