Three Saudi Men Evicted From Festival for Being “Too Handsome”
April 16, 2013: Three Emirati men were denied entry to a Saudi Arabia festival as they were deemed “too handsome” and could have attracted too much female attention. The three individuals were taking part in a heritage event in the capital Riyadh on Sunday when they were evicted by the religious police who feared women could become attracted to them.
According to a news service, “A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds [that] they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them.”
“The festival’s management took urgent measures to deport the three to Abu Dhabi,” added the news service.
Apparently, the three men were attending the festival as delegates for a stand promoting the UAE. The stand caught attention of the religious police, commonly known as “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” due to the unexpected presence of a female Emirati artist.
A spokesman for the UAE delegation issued a statement saying, “Her visit to the UAE stand was a coincidence as it was not included in the programme, which we had already provided to the festival’s management.”
Saudi Arabia, a strictly conservative Sunni Muslim society, prohibits women from interacting with unrelated males.
This is not the first time a Saudi man has been evicted from a public gathering on the grounds of being too handsome.
Written By Garima Goswami, Assistant Editor at DARPAN Magazine
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