No Woman, No Drive

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Comedian Hisham Fageeh’s satirical play on Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ which has inspired contentious responses, ridicules justifications offered by ban supporters, such as the argument that driving damages ovaries. Female protesters in Saudi Arabia are driving publicly and posting videos and photos online.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 10:59 AM
The a cappella song features duplicated and layered vocals, along with a ‘Brady Bunch’-like visual representing the different versions of Fageeh.

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“No Woman, No Drive,” a satirical tune performed by comedian Hisham Fageeh, lampoons Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers while featuring a ‘Brady Bunch’-like visual representing the different versions of Fageeh singing.

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A controversial law banning Saudi Arabian women from driving is now drawing laughs around the world thanks to a hit new song in both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

“No Woman, No Drive,” a satirical tune playing on Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” lampoons the Islamic kingdom’s ban on female drivers and the justifications offered by it backers.

Wearing a ghutra headdress and robe, comedian Hisham Fageeh duplicates and layers his a cappella vocals. One version of himself uses a scratchy beard as a rhythmic shaker.

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“Say I remember when you used to sit, in the family car, but backseat,” he begins. “Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.”

The YouTube video has been seen more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday and is the most watched video in Saudi Arabia. Not all viewers have realized it is being satirical, however.

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The YouTube video has been seen more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday and is the most watched video in Saudi Arabia. Not all viewers have realized it is being satirical, however.

Fageeh goes on to sing about women being better off staying home to cook as subtitles are provided in both English and Arabic.

As of Tuesday, it’s the most-watched YouTube video in Saudi Arabia.

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It’s been viewed more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday — the day a campaign was launched in Saudi Arabia to encourage female drivers abroad.

The protesters argue the ban should be rescinded, but government officials say it is necessary because of the conservative Islamic kingdom’s beliefs.

Fageeh sings: ‘Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.’ The lyrics may sound shocking but they're actual arguments against female drivers.

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Fageeh sings: ‘Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.’ The lyrics may sound shocking but they’re actual arguments against female drivers.

Viewers had strongly mixed reactions to the video.

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“Love it!” wrote viewer Frau Fofo, “especially after having lived in Saudi for 4 years and not being able to drive myself.”

One viewer who slammed the creator as a bigot changed his tune after being told by another YouTube user that the creator was mocking the Saudi government and didn’t actually believe what he was singing.

“Really? Didn’t know. Knowing how close minding some men are in the middle east it wouldn’t have surprised me if it was,” wrote Lambeflores.

 

 

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Saudi Arabian women are currently protesting by driving around publicly while photographing or filming themselves for videos uploaded online, like this woman seen here.

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Fageeh’s suggestion that women’s ovaries are unsafe behind the wheel of a vehicle, however, are not actually off base from what at least one conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has claimed.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists according to Reuters, argued women need to put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.”

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” he told sabq.org.

“That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees,” he added.

Saudi women are continuing their protest by driving in public and posting photographs or videos online.

Dozens of such videos have turned up on YouTube since despite threats by the government and police.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com

 

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