For most of the world, this is an unremarkable video of a man and a woman having breakfast together. But for Saudi Arabian authorities, it is “offensive”. When two co-workers at a hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia posted the video above, they must have been unaware of what was to come.
Arch-conservatives shamed the couple online and urged them to respect values and traditions of Saudi society. Though many also came to their defence, the man from the video was later arrested for flouting government regulations on gender-segregated workplace.
“The labour ministry arrested an expatriate in Jeddah after he appeared in an offensive video,” the ministry said in a statement. Local media confirmed that the expat is an Egyptian national and may even be charged with sexual harassment in the workplace with up to five years in prison. It remains unclear whether the woman in the video was arrested.