‘No woman, no drive’: Saudi satire goes viral as brave women challenge driving ban [video]

In a brave act of defiance, more than 60 women got behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, according to Saudi activists. The Oct. 26 “drive-in” protested the kingdom’s ban on women driving despite warnings that “anyone disturbing public order would be dealt with forcefully.”

Islamist clerics, who love them some subjugation of women, say driving will lead to “licentiousness.” So Hisham Fageeh, Fahad Albutairi and Alaa Wardi got together to produce this Bob Marley-inspired “No woman, no drive” satire which quickly went viral.

Hello, my name is Hisham Fageeh. I’m an artist and social activist. I don’t really listen to music, but while studying in the US I heard this song by this Jamaican guy that caught my attention. I decided to do my own rendition; with lyrics relevant to my culture, but without musical instruments. I hope you like it.

No Woman, No Drive is a single by Fahad Albutairi, Hisham Fageeh & Alaa Wardi containing 03:37 minutes of music.

One lyric snarkily celebrates “ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies,” a slap at the Saudi cleric who warned that driving damages girly bits and harms babies in utero.

Viewers awarded the video extra points for the use of a beard as an instrument.

You can follow tweets about the Saudi protest with the hashtags #Oct26driving and #Women2Drive.

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