A pop star will be spending two years in jail for her music video. What the heck?

There’s only one rule every person should follow when eating a banana in front of other human beings: never, ever look someone in the eye.

It’s weird and a little uncomfortable because bananas have a very… sexual shape… and it’s hard not to imagine the banana as ~~something else~~ when it’s making its way into someone’s mouth.

Of course, all this nonsense aside, people really should be able to eat a banana however and whenever they damn well please.

Unless, it seems, you live in Egypt, where it’s recommended you just don’t eat a banana EVER, if you don’t want to get arrested and sentenced to prison.

In a story that’s hard to believe took place in 2017. A 25-year-old Egyptian singer has been sentenced to two years behind bars after she released a music video featuring her peeling and suggestively eating a banana in front of a room full of men.

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In the video for her single I Have Issues, Shyma - real name Shaimaa Ahmed - can be seen speaking in front of a classroom full of men, pouring milk over a banana and eating it. She also licks her chocolate cake covered fingers and eats a taco FILLED WITH CHEESE in the clip.



According to The Telegraph, Shyma was arrested shortly after the video's release after it racked up more than a million views in just a few days and attracted the unwanted attention of the predominately Muslim country's conservatives.

An influential blogger, Marwan Younis, shared the video to his Facebook page and called for his fans to report the video and shut down Shyma's social media accounts. The singer apologised for the video after mounting criticism.

"I didn't imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone," she said.

Shyma was arrested by police on November 18 and was sentenced to two years in jail for "inciting debauchery" and "publishing an indecent film" by a Cairo court. She was also fined $1000.


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The director of the video, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence.

While no one can deny the content of the video is rather saucy, it's hardly the sexiest we've seen. Remember that Robin Thicke music video that featured women dancing around naked while he recited lyrics that glorified rape?

But Shyma's arrest is less about debauchery and more about politics: it comes just three years after the nation's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power and used morality laws to repress citizens' freedom of expression.

Just two years ago, two bellydancers faced similar sentences for "incitiing debauchery and immorality" in their music videos.

Another singer is also facing trial for "spreading provocative publicity" for suggesting drinking water from the River Nile could make someone ill.