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Monday, February 25, 2013

Banned in Egypt

by Clifford F. Thies

It went viral on February 2 and within two week a fatwah was issued banning it in Egypt. It's the internet version of the Harlem Shake.

The "dance" consists of two parts. Part 1, one take, 15 seconds, is of one person (usually with a hat, a helmet or a mask) doing an eccentric upper torso dance. Perhaps just head-bobbing. Usually others are around going through their normal routine, not even noticing. Part 2, same take, also 15 seconds, everybody joins in an orgy of craziness, perhaps some in costumes or scantily clad, along with one or more goofy props. Here is the Harlem Shake in Egypt that got banned:
As to why the Harlem Shake would be banned, in addition to the obvious reasons (showing too much skin, suggestive moves, and mixing of people of different sex), the idea that one person can cause a spontaneous celebration of fun and individuality is just so seditious.

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