Arabs may not always understand the Western world. And there's a lot that gets lost in translation when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex.
That became apparent in a strange court case in Massachusetts; a Saudi man became the subject of infinite mockery last week when he threatened an American girl with "photos" he had of her.
In the Muslim world, where Facebook photos for women are a thing to protect, that might mean something. But releasing "photos" alone doesn't mean much for Western women.
#سعودي_يبتز_فتاه_امريكيه ههههههههههه حتى الامريكيات م سلمو منه بطل حبيبي ترا م عندها شيء تخاف عليه زينا— ﴿جـنـوبـيـھَہّ| JOD (@jod6_) October 22, 2015
Americans are not like us, they don’t mind seeing their photos on the Internet you stupid.
#سعودي_يبتز_فتاه_امريكيه تطلعين معي او أنشر صورتك ؟ اتوقع جاتها جلطه من الضحك— الشيخ بيل (@Bill_Gatesa) October 22, 2015
If you don’t go on a date with me I’ll post your images on social media ... I think she laughed her ass off.
#سعودي_يبتز_فتاه_امريكيه اكيد بيقول في المحكمه .. ان البنت ( متبرجه ) وما قدر يقاوم ( فتنتها ) !! ويحسب القاضي بيقول ( تب الى الله )— أ / ناصر السهلي (@nasser22662) October 22, 2015
He will tell the judge that she was wearing makeup and she seduced him. He will also think that the judge will ask him to repent and set him free, hahaha this is not KSA dude.
It was more serious than it seemed. It wasn't clear on Arabic Twitter, but the photos were, in fact, sexually explicit.
The Boston Globe reported 20-year-old Abdulrahim al-Talhi posed as a woman named "Hayley," blackmailed the 15-year-old girl and threatened to release the images if she didn't meet and perform oral sex on a man (himself). The girl found out "Hayley's" real identity was when she went to the police.
Al-Talhi, a college student, was arrested on charges of attempted extortion and distributing images of child nudity.
#سعودي_يبتز_فتاه_امريكيه هههههههه واحد متخلف ومريض يالله ده حياخد أقله سبع سنين .. خليه يكون عبره لغيره... فضيحه بجلاجل ههههههههه— أنثى من كوكب آخر (@raga8380) October 22, 2015
He is a sick person; he will imprisoned for at least seven years. Let him be an example for the others. What a scandal.
وبكرة يرجع ويربي للحية ويستضيفة واحد من طخته ويصير داعية كيف لا تسأل !! #سعودي_يبتز_فتاة_أمريكية— فهد الحسون (@fahed25f) October 22, 2015
He will later come to KSA, grow a beard and become a preacher.
Eastern men look at women only as sex toys.
It's a news story that was, literally, lost in translation. The word "photos" alone held enough meaning in the Arabic-speaking world that mentioning sexually explicit content seemed unnecessary, maybe implicit.
In the US, it made the difference between a harmless exchange and prison. Al-Talhi faces court again Dec. 2.
By Hayat Norimine
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