The recent campaign by women in Saudi Arabia to be allowed to drive and society’s divided reaction has led a group of Saudi satirists to resort to a famous Bob Marley song to explain the situation. The resulting YouTube video has gone viral with over one million views in less than 24 hours and has been featured on international media outlets such as EuroNews and CNN.
With a unique twist on the popular reggae song “No Woman No Cry,” comedian and social activist Hisham Fageeh, along with Saudi YouTube sensation Fahad Albutairi and Iranian, Riyadh born-bred musician Alaa Wardi , sang a cheeky a capella version titled “No Woman No Drive.”
In the four-minute video Fageeh is seen clapping, whistling and singing his way through the altered lyrics which say: “Ova-ovaries all safe and well”- instead of “Oba, ob-serving the hypocrites”-making fun of a recent statement by a Saudi cleric who claimed that driving affects woman ovaries.
The video was released on Saturday in line with the “October 26 driving” campaign, which urged Saudis to put its logo on their cars and called upon women with international driving licenses to get behind the wheel in the kingdom on that day.