The move sent shockwaves throughout the social media, as users blasted the controversial decision.
This Tuesday, an Egyptian court has sentenced Shaumaa Ahmed, also known as Shyma, to two years in jail for making a music video, in which she “suggestively” ate a banana while wearing lingerie.
The court found that the now-deleted video clip “I have Issues” was “indecent” and “incited debauchery,” the BBC reports.
Other parts of the video featured Shyma licking an apple, coloring her lips and playing the role of a ‘naughty’ teacher in front of a blackboard, on which “class #69” was written.
In a now-deleted Facebook post made before her arrest, Shyma had apologized to those who understood the video “in an inappropriate way.”
“I didn’t imagine all this would happen and that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone,” the post read.
Shyma also blasted the director of the video, Mohamed Gamal, who allegedly included the “controversial” scenes without her consent.
Gamal was also sentenced to two years in jail, though he was not present at the hearing.
In addition to prison sentences, the two were also order to pay 10,000 Egyptian Pounds ($563.44) as a fine.
Both can appeal the decision.
Twitter did not take kindly to the court’s ruling.
This is sick. Why aren't our "Liberal" politicians making a stand against such evil bullying?
"Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison FOR TWO YEARS over 'explicit' music video of her eating a banana"https://t.co/vmn2Cb8iTz
— PC Mary Whitehouse (@OutragedMary) December 13, 2017
— Khagendra (@mefossils) December 13, 2017
banana oh na na.
— Amir Ammar (@AmirAmmar6) December 13, 2017
Je Suis Shyma. 🍌
— Alice Cochrane (@alice_cochrane) December 13, 2017
— Jerome Buono (@JeromeBuono) December 13, 2017
Egypt vies with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia as most primitive, backwards, sexually repressed shithole country: Jails singer Shyma for two years for eating a banana. Dear @PresidentAlSisi, your country is officially a backwater. You are no better than Morsi. https://t.co/wfFismVWzd
— Caustic Agnostic (@faithindoubt) December 13, 2017
Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over 'explicit' music video of her eating a banana – The Telegraph, also Egypt 2nd biggest porn Googlers in the world. Consistency. https://t.co/IKsaYA7csb
— Jean-Dominique N. (@IamNguele) December 13, 2017