Jeddah boy dancing in the middle of Tahlia Street is the hero we need pic.twitter.com/fui9v2UuDF— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) August 19, 2017
Police in Saudi Arabia are reportedly questioning a 14-year-old after a video of him dancing to the hit 90s tune “Macarena” went viral on social media, making him somewhat of an internet celebrity in the Middle East.
The 45-second video showed the teenager, dressed in a striped gray T-shirt, sport shorts and wearing headphones, walking to the middle of a crossing and dancing to the popular song while a number of cars wait for the traffic signal to turn green.
However, it seems filming the video at a busy street in the coastal city of Jeddah was not a good idea.
Authorities detained the teen, whose name and nationality have not yet been revealed, for “improper public behavior” following a “confidential investigation.” Mecca police also accused the boy of disrupting traffic.
Saudi police arrests 14-year-old boy who's video went viral. Apparently, being happy is considered a crime nowadays. https://t.co/QDEoeKHRyb— Faisal Al Saai (@falsaai) August 22, 2017
As the BBC reports, since the Gulf kingdom does not have a codified penal law, judges have broad discretion in the arrest and sentencing of minors.
It is not clear if the public prosecutor will formally charge him.
The clip, which first appeared online in 2016 before being removed and reposted recently, received mixed review from online users.
While some hailed the teenager a hero for busting the moves:
That's the kind of son I wanna have 👌🏼😂 https://t.co/iCDJ8Kyfdk— Sahira Nahari (@sahiranahari) August 22, 2017
He's got moves and the joy to dance all is good there...— LJXmedia (@LJXMediaArts) August 19, 2017
Dance like the religious morality police aren't watching https://t.co/QCdjZHWSFm— Mitchell Prothero (@mitchprothero) August 20, 2017
LEGEND https://t.co/VnPVUcJhTM— 🤕 (@bittersweet) August 22, 2017
Others found him annoying:
Of all the places why would he do this at an intersection. So annoying.— Yasser Khan (@y3khan) August 20, 2017
The hero you need alludes to a lack of any common sense & productivity— Swiz Beato (@BeatoSwiz) August 22, 2017
Earlier this month, authorities in the conservative country arrested Abdallah Al Shahani, a Saudi singer and actor, authorities for performing the “dab” dance move during a concert at a music festival in the city of Taif.
Shahani was performing on stage and fans were making his videos while cheering for him. While encouraging the audience to clap along, he suddenly performed a dance move, which involves a person tucking their head into the crook of their arm.
As it turns out, dabbing is actually banned in the kingdom by the National Committee for Drug Control. It is considered as a reference to narcotics culture and marijuana use.
Thumbnail/Banner: Reuters, Dylan Martinez