Saudi Police Arrest 14-Year-Old For Doing The ‘Macarena’ On Street

A teenager, who went viral for performing on 1990s dance hit “Macarena” at a Jeddah street crossing, has been detained for “improper public behavior.”


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.

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:

Others found him annoying:

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

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