Students at Alexandria University in Egypt have organized a silent protest, a first of its kind, on campus protesting the new wave of inappropriate music videos and cinema channels that contain too much nudity and consider it inappropriate for viewers around the Arab world. Most of the protesters, who belonged to religious groups, held banners that feature statements against most clips and slogans of music channels.
According to the London based Elaph, some students, who did not belong to any religious party, stressed that they took part in the protest due to the fact that they feel the new wave of music videos is demeaning and feel it will lead to destruction of Arab values.
One student expressed that when a music video features a girl singing and dancing in a bikini what other than sex could it insinuate? He added that the main aim of such music videos is to excite its audience sexually and feature no other meaning.
The Egyptian Musician Association has once again returned to the scenes and began executing its laws on the new wave of seductive music videos being aired. Videos by singers like Ruby, Lebanese singer Maria, Tunisian singer Najla and many others whose music videos are considered to be inappropriate containing too many provocative scenes.
Come music channels have banned Najla and Egyptian dancer/singer Bosi Samir and accused them of having erotic and seductive video clips. The music channel Melody Hits has banned their video clips from being televised on the channel. The two singers are being furious by the news, they believe that their clips are legitimate and there is nothing wrong with them.
Najla’s song "Bahh" which means "empty or nothing" was taken off the air after it was televised for ten days. The second shock came to the singer, when she got turned away from entering Egypt. She stayed in the airport for more than ten hours trying out everything she can, yet she wasn’t able to enter the country.
Bosi’s song "Bahibo Howa" "I Love Him" has been taken off the air just a day after it was broadcast. It came as shocking news to the singer. She justify the song as being the second part for her previous song "Hot EL No’at Ala El Horof," therefore, since the previous one was accepted so should the second one.
Both singers think since they are belly dancers to start with, then their body movements in the songs are ok. They are combining both of their roles as dancers and singers in one. The satellite channel Melody Hits said the decision came not from censorship. The fans of the channel wrote and called the channel for the songs to be taken off the air. Since the channel is number one in many Arab countries; therefore, the pressure was high.