A Saudi comedian has left Moroccans fuming after his controversial stand-up routine about the country was shared widely on social media.
A video of Samir al-Hazimi performing at the “Comedy Club” in Jeddah has sparked outrage following the comic’s ridiculing of Morocco’s “beautiful girls” and his claims that the North African nation is not a safe place.
Al-Hazimi had begun his set by saying that “I didn’t know [travelling to Morocco] was such a sensitive issue,” and adding that no-one had anything useful to say about visiting the westernmost Arabic-speaking country.
On Moroccan women, the young comedian joked that the last Saudi woman to travel to the country did so in order “to return her husband [to Saudi Arabia]”.
He also teased that claims Morocco was the “second most secure country in Africa” were all relative given that “Africa is the most dangerous continent on the planet”
“I asked a friend, he said ‘Don’t go to Morocco. When I went to Morocco, they stole everything from me in the street.’”
His words had his Saudi audience in fits of laughter. Moroccans, however, were not impressed, and took to social media to express their unbridled anger:
للكوميدي المغمور اقول ..لن نسامحك الى يوم الدين وستكون خصمنا امام الله عز وجل نقتص منك ..ووقتها جيب جمهورك يصفقلك— majdouline (@talbisara349) December 3, 2016
To this obscure comedian I say... We will not forgive you even on the Day of Judgment, and you will be our opponent in front of God Almighty. We will take revenge from you. And, at that time, bring your audience to clap for you.
Just a trivial clown who represents only himself . It was decadence and decline which brought these ideas to his mind... Morocco and the history of his people is greater than that he should speak of them like this.
Moroccan comedian Khaled Joaj also offered a tough response, saying in a video that Samir had “touched the honour of the men and women of Morocco.”
He argued that there were plenty of problems to be solved in Saudi Arabia, pointedly suggesting that anyone who travels from the Gulf to Morocco to use prostitutes is clearly sexually repressed.
Al-Hazimi has offered an apology on his Facebook page.
"I apologize to the people of Morocco for the misunderstanding,” he wrote, denying that his intention was to offend.
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