- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
If you’re getting tired of that “Don’t tase me, bro” guy, you might find new inspiration for humor in the story of a group of “inappropriately dressed” Saudi women who had had enough meddling from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia’s notorious religious police.
From the Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily, Asharq Alawsat:
According to Dr. Al-Marshood, the two commission members approached the girls in order to “politely” advise and guide them regarding their inappropriate clothing.
Consequently, the two girls started verbally abusing the commission members, which then lead to one of the girls pepper-spraying them in the face as the other girl filmed the incident on her mobile phone, while continuing to hurl insults at them.
Joking aside, the Commission has been involved in a number of despicable incidents of brutality against women in the past. The perpetrators were lucky if they were only “cautioned and then released,” as the article claims.
We can only hope that they were allowed to keep the mobile phone, and that the clip will be circulating on YouTube soon.
(Hat tip: Boing Boing)