Be careful about what dance moves you do in Saudi Arabia. Turns out the popular dance move dabbing will get you arrested.
Shahani took to twitter to apologize for his dance move, “I apologize to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology.”
Journalist and social media users both defended and chastised Shahani for his actions. Twitters users who were angered thought Shahani was being “provocative and was challenging authorities“. Those that were defending the artist said it was a “spontaneous” move and “he wasn’t aware the meaning“.
In the conservative country Saudi Arabia dabbing is banned due to its reference to narcotics and marijuana. The Saudi Interior Ministry’s National Commission for Combating Drugs banned the move and released a government poster warning people “about the dangers this move] on the youth and society, and is warning against imitating it”.
Dabbing first became popular in Atlanta, Georgia through America’s hip-hop culture where it migrated to popularity by celebrities, athletes, and politicians embracing it.