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Watch: The Video That Got a 27-Year-Old Man Arrested for Homosexuality in Saudi Arabia


A man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested and charged with "homosexuality", among other offenses, after a video he made with a friend was posted on YouTube and went viral in Saudi Arabia.

Arab News reports: "Police First Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq told Arab News that the 27-year-old man had been previously charged 'with a homosexual case but was bailed out.'  ... 'This time he is facing three charges: One is for homosexuality; the other for general security; and the third is for impersonating a police officer,' said Al-Bouq. The video depicts a young Saudi man dressed in a police uniform inside a vehicle flirting with the man holding the camera. He asks the cameraman for his driver’s license and offers 'comfort.' At one point, he waves around what appears to be a real handgun. Later in the approximately two-and-a-half-minute video on YouTube, he lifts up his shirt and rubs his chest. The video quickly spread online and through SMS until police detained both men involved in the act. Attempts have been made to block the video from being viewed in Saudi Arabia."

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  1. Does anyone know the name of the song she's listening to?

    Posted by: billy | Mar 10, 2010 12:00:51 PM

  2. death wish!

    Posted by: jack | Mar 10, 2010 12:07:13 PM

  3. I would have arrested him too! I don't want my armed civil servants acting like Judy Garland's purse fell out their mouth! And that's only one charge amongst others I would arrest the fool for!

    Posted by: Ben Layvey | Mar 10, 2010 12:11:20 PM

  4. The name of the song? As long as we're focusing on the important issues...

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Mar 10, 2010 12:12:33 PM

  5. Billy, go fuck yourself!

    Having said that, does anyone have any suggestions on what can be done here? Email or call the Saudi embassy? Reading posts like this and not knowing how to help is so frustrating.

    Posted by: bading | Mar 10, 2010 12:13:20 PM

  6. Uh did any of you guys read the post?? Kind of missing the point... Despite what you like or do not like about the video and the performance (who cares?), the fact remains that someone was actually arrested for this. That is absolute insanity.

    Posted by: AdamN | Mar 10, 2010 12:15:35 PM

  7. If the king gives you a bunch of money every year at the cost of some freedoms. Well, at least don't make videos that would make the king angry. If chewing gum is illegal in Singapore, don't chew gum.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 10, 2010 12:24:49 PM

  8. Bading, not even Hillary Clinton can change this outcome. There's nothing we can do

    Posted by: Mike C. | Mar 10, 2010 12:30:23 PM

  9. Wow, the comments on this posting have reached a new level of shallow, which is saying a lot for this site. This guy was pretty stupid for making something like this public in Saudi Arabia, but seriously--no one has a problem with the idea that someone could get arrested for this? Or the fact that the Saudi king effectively dictates an oppressive, deadly policy against gays in Saudi Arabia? Or that the US is a major trading and diplomatic partner with this country? I guess that's no surprise if some of the commenters here actually consider their sexual orientation on a par with "chewing gum."

    Posted by: konrad | Mar 10, 2010 12:32:58 PM

  10. Bading, the Saudi government is not concerned with the opinions of decadent American infidels. If you want to express your disapproval, buy a fuel-efficient or use public transportation.

    Posted by: Hank | Mar 10, 2010 12:35:49 PM

  11. That is so depressing to read and then watch what looks utterly inocuous to us resulting in arrest. We should be boycotting Saudi and UAE products...

    Posted by: Seb | Mar 10, 2010 12:36:39 PM

  12. No doubt, he was stupid for making something like this, especially considering that he was released on bail from a previous charge of homosexuality.

    Which in Saudi Arabia, is a slap on the wrist (and also a sign that his father must be somebody).

    It's the previous arrest part of this whole case with Miss Thang here that gets me (if that's to be believed). And don't neglect the other 2 charges as well.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 10, 2010 12:42:04 PM

  13. I dunno. I'm actually quite impressed that someone has the courage to make and post such a video in Saudi Arabia. Obviously, the personal ramifications will be horrible. I say - you go girl!

    Posted by: Observer1000 | Mar 10, 2010 12:44:35 PM

  14. well is sad US won't do anything about it.
    but i want the name of the song or the remix it sounds good, please anybody?
    we cannot be policed anywhere in the world,
    as we speak our rights are being removed from us without even knowing

    Posted by: josepe | Mar 10, 2010 12:45:01 PM

  15. Hey, Ben & Billy:

    I got a question for you: how come in the most repressive anti-gay regimes it seems that it's the "stereotypical" feminine guys who take the initial great risks? NOT ALWAYS-but often. Even in the United States in the 1960s and before--it was often the Judy Garland worshipping queens who made a repressed society say, " oh my, they really do exist."

    Then a few decades later, the "normal acting" gay men come out of the closet to announce "I'm tired of being treated as a 2nd class citizen....hold my gym bag."

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 10, 2010 12:45:09 PM

  16. This is what Religion Based Facism looks like and what Ms Palin and her ilk are working to bring to America.

    Posted by: Walter | Mar 10, 2010 12:47:32 PM

  17. And I am by no means saying that he "deserved it" (although there are jurisdictions in America where you can be arrested for impersonating a police or security officier, especially in the process of committing a crime).

    Also I do remember reading the Atlantic article (I believe) on some of the "brazen" behavior by gay men in SA (well, considering that it's Saudi Arabia). This is probably more common there than we would suspect (they do have adult book stores in Riyadh, if I remember the article correctly).

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 10, 2010 12:48:57 PM

  18. Meanwhile Jeffrey Star is a free man.

    Posted by: Turi | Mar 10, 2010 12:54:08 PM

  19. @KONRAD: It is a horrible system, but, it is theirs. I like at crazy shit from around the world (Uganda anyone?), yet, we can't go around imposing our values everywhere. Gotta start at home.

    My friend is a LGBT Disabled activist. In his small town in Kansas, he had an HIV test taken w/o his permission and then the hospital administration told the staff to be aware of him because he was Gay and posed a threat to the staff. EVEN THOUGH HE TESTED NEGATIVE. He went to all of the big Gay Inc "DONATE NOW" places and they told him that unless he could prove that he didn't give the hospital permission to broadcast that info, he was out of luck.

    Honestly, we have plenty of work to do here before we go off into Saudi trying to change their laws and values.

    Little sidebar: I worked for a Bandar (top of the food chain in Saudi) and the minute they stepped off of their A3440, the tight jeans came on and the Chadors got thrown at the maids

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Mar 10, 2010 1:01:15 PM

  20. To some of the above. The lack of sympathy here is repugnant. Just because something is law, doesn't make it right. Here in the UK I'm married to my man, yet your country doesn't allow it. Perhaps you don't have the same rights as us because you take repression so lightly.

    Not feeling repulsed by this is the same as being gay-bashed in your neighbourhood and saying you had it coming for being nelly.

    Saudia Arabia is an evil and barbaric country and your lack of empathy for a fellow gay man suffering there for having fun makes me grateful for not having to rely on support for rights from you.

    Posted by: luke | Mar 10, 2010 1:04:01 PM

  21. I think this is a hoax.
    That is clearly Jessica Wild from RuPaul's Drag Race!

    Posted by: Paige Turner | Mar 10, 2010 1:24:03 PM

  22. @Derrick From Philly

    Great point.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 10, 2010 1:35:31 PM

  23. luke,
    though i share your overall point, wouldn't it be fairer to say that you have a civil partnership in the uk? civil marriage for same sex couples does not exist in the uk. (now, in some us states, and in other countries, you do have full equality in marriage laws)

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Mar 10, 2010 1:50:57 PM

  24. @Luke

    Thank you.

    Posted by: Jesse | Mar 10, 2010 1:53:08 PM

  25. These backward states that uphold human rights violations deserve no respect, for they have defined themselves outside of ethics. Use them as you like, and we do. This has come to be a mutually satisfactory arrangement between OPEC nations and the u.s. However, there is such a thing as cultural superiority, and this is a perfect example of an inferior culture and state. These charges could get this man executed-beheaded in SA.

    I do think we have the right to impose our values on evil states, just as we can and do with evil people. We execute murderers in this country. We have taken the right--as has every state--to deliver justice. The same can be and has been extended to other states. So don't argue about the "right" to do it. We also have the right to pull aid from Uganda if they pass the kill the gays bill. In fact, not only have we the right, but we have the obligation.

    There is no reasoning with a state or people that sanctions the murder of others because they are gay. Full stop. They have willfully defined themselves outside of ethics in so doing, and are not entitled to ethical treatment by others. They are not to be considered, in fact, beyond what they can be used to do (like objects). IT is a very precarious place to be, with regard to ethics: not human nor other animal, and yet sentient.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 10, 2010 1:56:13 PM

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