Millions of people are familiar with the South Korean music video “Gangnam Style,” credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most liked in YouTube history. The song — which features the refrain “Hey, sexy lady!” — has inspired countless parodies. Now Saudi Arabia adds itself to the list.
There’s only one problem: The video has no ladies.
While it shouldn’t be a surprise that a country that made news over mere reports it was planning a separate city for working women would omit females from a music video, the optics of “Saudi Gangnam” speak volumes. Even our liberal moral relativist friends can learn a lesson on Shariah Islam by watching it.
Hollywood celebrities such as Obama spokeswoman Eva Longoria, who wants women voters to worry about Mitt Romney, probably never read former Somali-Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book “Infidel” — and probably doesn’t know that the author needs security around the clock. But on some level watching “Saudi Gangnam” would tell her everything she needs to know about the real war on women.
In Arabic, haram means forbidden. There are a lot of things for women that are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and as recently as the 1970s having the wrong chromosomes meant you could be stoned for engaging in trival acts; it is still illegal for women to drive cars.
Today many Americans are familiar with those Saudi laws. We know that the legal system is stacked again women. We know that they need male escorts to shuttle them around. Now we can add “Gangnam Style” dancing to the list of things the ladies miss out on while the men have all the fun.
As Americans get ready to vote Tuesday, they should take a moment to give thanks that they live in a country where 50 percent of the population isn’t excluded from events based on the caprice of male overlords.
By Elaine Donnelly
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