Controversial Music Video Lands Egyptian Singer In Jail For A Week

It's been reported that Egyptian singer Shaimaa Ahmed has been detained for a week after she suggestively ate a banana in her underwear in a music video.

The 25 year-old, who is known professionally as Shyma, is reported to have been arrested by Egyptian police on suspicion of "inciting debauchery" after the video for her song 'I Have Issues' sparked outrage in the socially conservative country.

The singer has since apologised to people who were offended and who took the video "in an inappropriate way".

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On her Facebook page, which has now been deleted, she wrote: "I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone."

In the video, the singer stands at the front of a classroom of young male students. Behind her, the phrase "Class #69" is written on a blackboard.

She then proceeds to eat an apple, a banana and some crisps in a suggestive manner. She also dances around wearing nothing but lingerie.

After the video was released, the Youm al-Sabaa newspaper wrote that "Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths".

The paper also reported that, on Monday, two days after her arrest, the public prosecutor's office ordered that the singer's detention be extended for a week. Arrest warrants were apparently also issued for the directors of the video.

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It's not the first time that entertainers have caused such controversy in Egypt. Last year, three female dancers were each sentenced to six months in prison after Egyptian courts convicted them of inciting debauchery in music videos.

Another singer is also facing trial for "spreading provocative publicity" after she suggested that drinking water from the River Nile could make somebody ill.

That lawsuit was filed after a video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked during a concert last year to sing Mashrebtesh Men Nilha (Have You Drunk From The Nile?).

She responded by saying "drinking from the Nile will get me schistosomiasis" - a disease commonly known as bilharzia.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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