These Saudi hardliners are pissed over seven-year-old girls dancing
Angry Saudis expressed outrage online, calling the dancing "sexual exploitation". (AFP/File)
A number of conservative citizens have expressed anger online over a dance performed by girls during the Buraidah Spring Festival, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.
The video was played on the big screen for festival visitors and showed girls as young as seven dancing to traditional music.
Many people sent tweets calling for the festival organizers to be sued because the dance was allegedly explicit.
The festival management apologized and said it would not feature such acts in the future.
Ibrahim Al-Harbi tweeted: “Even if they were little girls, it was an obscene scene.”
Abdulaziz Al-Ghuwaizi wrote on his Twitter account: “Allowing girls to dance in front of men is sexual exploitation.”
Abu Hamdan wrote: “It’s unacceptable to see our girls do such a thing.”
Abu Saad Al-Mutairi tweeted: “This is how dancing is justified, through these cheerleader teams.”
Dr. Salih Al-Tuwaijri, professor of Islamic creed at Al-Qassim University, said: “What if one of those girls become your future fiancée? I think this is something unacceptable.”
This tweet, however, led many others to mock Al-Tuwaijri and sarcastically call for him to be sued.
Many people on Twitter attacked the critical tweets, calling their anger unjustified.
They said there was nothing to get angry about when little girls dance during a festival.
Salih Al-Saqabi said: “These are innocent girls who participated in the festival, little knowing they would be viewed negatively.”
Rima wrote: “Respect childhood. What you are doing is uncalled for.” Another wrote: “A sick mind is the one that looks at children sexually.”
The festival included segments for children and some entertainment activities.