“Sheikhs against shakes”


Nine years ago I wrote a post about Islamist reaction against popular Middle Eastern singers such as Haifa Wehbe. For some reason, I kept working in references to Sappho.

The process continues. Now a court in the new, improved Islamist Egypt has ordered al-Tet, a television channel devoted to belly dancing, shut down.

The channel was also accused of airing advertisements that “arouse viewers,” sell sexual-enhancement products and promote matchmaking, according to the court’s statement.

According to [Baleegh] Hamdy, the court ruling was not based on accurate evidence. “The judge was supposed to check the facts present in the lawyer’s allegations.”

There is not much the court can do about the the owners’ YouTube channel, however.

4 Comments

  1. Medeine Ragana says:

    The link to “references to Sappho” is broken. :(

  2. Erik says:

    Really? No ‘Sheikh Yerbouti’ reference? Standards are slipping everywhere… :)

  3. MomaFauna says:

    Oh, where’s Ida Craddock when we need her?
    Throw the “Danse du Ventre” at them!