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Reality Show Earns Saudi Fatwa

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Saudi mobile phone provider ‘Mobily‘ has followed fellow mobile operator Saudi Telecommunications Co (STC) in banning customers from SMS voting in reality show ‘Star Academy- Lebanon ‘ – a program that seems to be a cross between Big Brother and Idol.

Both Mobily and STC are responding to a fatwa issued against the show for being “culturally inappropriate”.

According to a Mobily spokesperson:

“The decision was taken last night because of a fatwa (religious decree) issued last year, since the program is culturally inappropriate,” spokesman Humoud Alghodaini said. “It shows men and women living in one house, sometimes semi-naked and in inappropriate situations,” he added.

I guess this means we won’t be seeing an Arab version of “There’s Something About Miriam” on Saudi TV either.


Written by Admin

December 28, 2005 at 12:19 pm

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