Tunisia does the Harlem Shake
Following the assassination of a major political leader and resignation of their Prime Minister, Tunisia is threatened by perhaps its most subversive political conspiracy yet: the Harlem Shake.
The North African crack down on this social media phenomenon began recently in Egypt. Four students were arrested on Saturday for stripping to their underwear in a middle class area of Cairo while making the video. Egyptian sightseers at the pyramids were also shocked to witness dancers similarly relieving themselves of outer garments and riding camels to the Shake’s electro soundtrack around the ancient monument.
Tunisia’s Education Minister Abdellatif Abid has now demanded an investigation into the performance of the dance in a school in the capital Tunis. Abid has threatened the students of “Père Blanc” lycée with expulsion and hinted at the sacking of educational staff. He also stressed that the video, in which students jump around in their underwear, is not in line with educational objectives.
Supporters have subtly expressed their opposition by posting an internet meme with a troll face asking “YOU MAD?” on the Ministry of Education website and dedicating it to the students of Père Blanc.
While Père Blanc students, who angered conservatives by dancing dressed as ultra conservative Muslims, have also inspired thousands of other copycat videos, designed to needle the Ministry of Education.Tagged in: Abdellatif Abid, egypt, Harlem Shake, Père Blanc, Tunisia
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