Egyptian Female singer sentenced to 2 years in prison for inciting 'debauchery'

Egyptian singer sentenced to two years over suggestive music video

Egyptian singer jailed over racy music video featuring a banana

The Guardian characterizes her style of eating as "suggestive".

21-year-old Egyptian pop singer Shaimaa Ahmed, who goes professionally by "Shyma", was reportedly found guilty on Tuesday of "inciting debauchery" and publishing a lewd film.

According to the BBC, three female dancers also got six month prison sentences for "inciting debauchery" in music videos past year.

Egyptian singer sentenced to two years over suggestive music video
Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years for racy banana-eating video

But the 20-something singer, whose star turn showed her stripped down to her skivvies and provocatively eating fruit, lives in Egypt, and the conservative powers-that-be there have sentenced her to prison, the BBC reports. She alleges that she was forced into the provocative poses by the video's director, who included the scenes in the final cut without her consent.

It was slammed by local media, with one paper saying: "Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths".

Shyma took to her Facebook at the time to apologize for the music video and stated that she hadn't expected it would backfire and erupt debates.

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"I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone", the post read. Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014, authorities have used wide-ranging morality laws to clamp down on freedom of expression.

Shyma is only the latest Egyptian artist to be prosecuted for "inciting debauchery" with sexually explicit music videos.

Back in September, Independent reported that a group of men waving rainbow flags at a concert had been charged with debauchery and "promoting sexual deviancy".

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They were also accused of debauchery, harming public morality and other similar charges.

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