“Jailed For Jiggling:” Does Iran Arrest Young Women For Sexy Dancing?
by Scott Faith
Over the last few days, my social media feeds have been blowing up with the news that a young Iranian woman named Maeade Mahi was arrested by government authorities in her home country because of a sexy video that she uploaded to Instagram.
The video, which appears to have been filmed in a college dorm room, features a young woman dancing and lip-syncing the DJ Snake / Justin Bieber collab “Let Me Love You.” Apparently, all of that girly jiggling was too much for the local authorities, who… jailed her over it? It’s hard to tell.
I did a quick Google search on “Maeade Mahi arrested” and the only results were multiple re-posts of the same Tweet. In the intel community, we call that “circular reporting.” That doesn’t mean it’s not true, but it’s not exactly confirmed by multiple independent sources. It’s possible that this is 100% legit, it’s also possible that this is a publicity stunt. I don’t know yet. I do know that Iran is one of the most repressive regimes in the world, and this is definitely in the “completely plausible, but as yet unverified” category.
At any rate, here is the text of the tweet:
“Her name is Maeade Mahi. Recently she got arrested just because of uploading her dancing videos on her Instagram. If you are a woman in Iran and you dance or sing or show your hair then you are a criminal. If you want to enjoy your true self, you have to brake the laws every day.”
It’s easy to see why the video got so much attention:
Her name is Maeade Mahi. Recently she got arrested just because of uploading her dancing videos on her Instagram. If you are a woman in Iran and you dance or sing or show your hair then you are a criminal. If you want to enjoy your true self, you have to brake the laws every day. pic.twitter.com/0eIq5ld5x6
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) July 7, 2018
Personally, I hope it’s a hoax, and that the young woman in the video is safely gyrating away in her dorm room, to the sounds of her favorite Bieber songs. But maybe, just maybe, this is another indicator of why we shouldn’t be making deals with Iran. I guess we’ll find out soon.