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Make That the Haram Shake

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.

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


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