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Artículo An Egyptian pop star has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for 'debaucherous' video Culture


An Egyptian pop star has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for 'debaucherous' video



Shama sings in her underwear and suggestively eats an apple and a banana in front of a classroom of young men

Anna Freeman

13 Diciembre 2017 15:28

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for ‘ inciting debauchery’ in a sexually suggestive music clip widely circulated on social media.

Shyma, a 21-year-old singer, was also fined 10,000 pounds (£420) by a Cairo court. The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence. Both can appeal against the ruling.

Shyma was arrested on 18 November, following complaints about the video for her song ‘I Have Issues’, police said. In the video, she appears singing in her underwear and ‘sexually’ eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men.

The video created a stir online in conservative Egypt and was discussed on TV talk shows. ‘Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths,’ said the Youm 7 newspaper in an article after the video was released.

In a Facebook post, Shyma apologised for the video and said she had not anticipated the backlash. ‘I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer … who has dreamt from a young age of being a singer,’ she wrote.