- 10 Aug 17
Abdallah Al Shanhani, a popular Saudi celebrity, has been arrested for dabbing on stage while performing at a music festival in the city of Taif, the BBC reports.
"Dabbing" is a dance move that originated around 2 years ago and has since become a global phenomenon. Celebrities, athletes, and even politicians have all been pictured “dabbing on them haters.”
While other public figures have received at most light jeering for taking part in the latest trend, Abdallah Al Shanhani was arrested after a video of him performing the move sparked outrage.
He has since had to post an apology on Twitter stating:
"I apologise to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology."
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have banned the dance move because they believe that it is a reference to narcotic culture.
Technically, they have a point. Dabbing is also slang for smoking THC concentrates. Other than that, the dance move has no actual connection to narcotics. It is just a homonym.
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