Make That the Haram Shake

by Patrick Brennan

Over the past few weeks, the Internet has seen the explosion of a viral-video phenomenon called the “Harlem Shake,” in which participants record themselves performing pelvic thrusts as a kind of dance. So popular is the trend that it’s made its way to Egypt — and the authorities are not pleased. Al Arabiya reports:

Egyptian police said Saturday they arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing in their underwear, as more people around the world emulate a viral dance craze called the “Harlem Shake.”

The four pharmaceutical students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighborhood when they removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, a police official said.

The hostile audience tried to assault the students, who are accused of committing “a scandalous act,” the official added. Egypt has strict public indecency laws.