Saudi female Rapper, Asayel Slay faces arrest for a music video titled “Bint Makkah” translated as “Mecca Girl” posted on social media.
The music video which was released on YouTube last week featured shots of young women wearing hijab socializing and girls dancing to the song. In the video, while men and women dance in a café, Slay sings, “Our respect to other girls but the Mecca girl is sugar candy.”
The governor of Mecca ordered for the arrest of Slay and associates after the song was released. The Saudi Arabian Government says the video offends the customs and traditions of the people of Mecca and contradicts the identity and traditions of its high-ranking children.”
Following the order of arrest, Asayel Slay’s account has been suspended and the video is no longer available on YouTube.
Many were left wondering why the arrest when the crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman began a reform programme in 2018, as the kingdom has often been criticized for its repression and crackdown on freedom of expression, especially on women.
Moreso, since the Kingdom, has allowed performances by Mariah Carey, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Enrique Iglesias and David Guetta, amongst others, why the arrest of Asayel Slay for describing women as “Powerful and Beautiful.”
A female Saudi-American feminist Amani Al-Ahmadi tweeted,
“This is so typical of the Saudi government to do – bring western influencers to art wash the regime but attack real Saudi women who try to artistically express their cultural identities.”