During our regular breakfast at the office break we were scrolling through Twitter on our phones, and a trending hashtag was about co-workers having breakfast together as well. To our surprise, the man having breakfast was being deported for doing so.
In a desperate attempt for us to finish our breakfast and look into the hashtag as well, we fell into the rabbit hole of confusion; why is this an issue?
The “Egyptian having breakfast with a Saudi woman” hashtag (
#مصري_يفطر_مع_سعوديه) is apparently causing controversy in Saudi Arabia, because how dare an Egyptian man have breakfast with his female co-worker?
The Egyptian man in question, named Bahaa, posted a video of himself and his female co-worker having breakfast at an obvious working space, and this by itself was a reason for Saudi citizens and the government, to lose their minds, and a valid reason to deport the man.
مشكلة "بهاء" أنه صور بس وعلى حسب صحيفة سبق (جاهر)!
فالمشكلة هنا التصوير فقط، يعني ولو ما صور كان الوضع بيكون عادي جداً😄
— حبيب الأنصاري (@habib1991m) September 9, 2018
Saudi citizens started attacking Bahaa and the woman in the video.
دي نماذج ل ناس كل مشكلتها يطلعوا البنت مش سعودية او عقدة النقص بتاعة احنا اسيادك و هنرحلك او ان المصري دمه تقيل و في واحد بيقوله خلي التصوير ينفعك يعني كنتوا اعملوا اللي انتوا عاوزينه بس من تحت لتحت و ف الاستخوبص عااادي#مصري_يفطر_مع_سعوديه pic.twitter.com/3cKJHcNUBm
— Mahmoud Mohamed (@shinichisag) September 9, 2018
Some even used religion as the reason for their attack on the incident.
للمرة المليون !!
هذا المقطع إختصر الكثير مما نريد قوله 👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/piZ6EoZcpK
— باسم (@abasem77) September 9, 2018
While others defended the actions of the co-workers.
In any normal country this is considered as a personal business, but in Saudi Arabia this will lead you to the prison, and all the society will discuss your story. We are in the deep shit, somebody must help us!
— ك (@h_i_h_i__q) September 9, 2018
Some thought this would be an issue for businesses that want to invest in Saudi.
— Turner (@turnernoone) September 9, 2018
Yet somehow, the hashtag was used as a medium to promote an event about “Building the Future” of Saudi.
Meet with industry leaders, exchange knowledge and create significant business opportunities.
Join the International Contracting Conference and Exhibition (#ICCE2018)#ICCE #Contracting #Construction #مصري_يفطر_مع_سعوديه
#تجمع_النباتيين_العرب Cardi Nicki pic.twitter.com/ayNt8QUEtF
— ICCE KSA (@ICCE_KSA) September 9, 2018
In conclusion: We’re confused. Why is this an issue in 2018? Why are Saudis “protecting their women” when they are adults who are eating at their workplace, yet they leave other women who get killed because of the country’s well-known misogyny?
Maybe it’s something to think about next time when you’re having lunch with your co-worker from the opposite sex.