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No Dancing Allowed at Tamer Hosny's Saudi Concert

Stand perfectly still and express modest enjoyment and you won’t get your feet lopped off.

In an insurmountably paradoxical turn of events, the (once-hopeful) folk of Saudi Arabia, as well as anybody else (miserably) interested, stumbled upon something kind of… odd when they got their mitts on Tamer Hosny tickets for his upcoming concert in Saudi. We’re going to ask that you try your best to spot whatever it is in the following tweet.

Yes, loyal CairoScene audience; you’re not allowed to dance, sway, smoke or express any form of physical enjoyment at a concert. We’ve seen some shit in our day (it’s our livelihood), but this? Dumbfounding to say the very least. The “news” has gotten its fair share of reactions thus far; from sly sarcasm to blatant rage about Hosny’s mere existence (zero chill), but in either case; forbidding concertgoers from dancing is akin to taking a dump with your pants on.

Apart from not being allowed to, you know, enjoy a concert, male and female attendees are not allowed to mix; both will be segregated and seated/positioned separately. Did we also mention you must wear “modest clothing?” I’m not one to judge (that’s a blatant lie), but the point of a concert is for people to enjoy themselves and whatnot, and with rules like these, all I can imagine is folks standing perfectly still while Hosny does his spiel, with (I assume) snipers and men with swords standing at the ready for any foot tapping or, god forbid, swaying.

The tickets of @tamerhosny’s concert in #KSA on March 20th have been sold out
the organizers of the concert announced

-No kids -12
-the theater will be divided for 2 sections 1 for men and 1 for women
-it’s not allowed to dance or swing
-should wear prudish clothes pic.twitter.com/aiIdJf7JWE

Saudi’s recent wave of liberalization, owing to Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s progressive approach to running the country, has been met with more-or-less widespread appreciation; Women driving, cinemas opening, fashion shows on the horizon and so on, but the way this panned out isn’t exactly boding well for the future of Saudi’s attempt at drifting away from the mega-ultra-maximum-security-conservative rule of law.

 


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