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Saudi Feminist Protest Anthem Goes Viral, Offers Warning to American Women on Trump

New music video shows images of woman rolling bowling balls at pins with men's faces on them and has a chorus of, 'If only God would rid us of men.'

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Saudi Arabian artist-provocateur Majed al-Esa's latest controversial music video protesting the country's strict driving laws has become an internet sensation, garnering over 2.8 million views on YouTube since December 23rd.

The video, which shows images of woman rolling bowling balls at pins with men's faces on them and has a chorus of "If only God would rid us of men," has become the subject of fierce debate in the conservative Islamic Kingdom.

The song's title, "Hwages," roughly translates from Arabic as "concerns." The video is elaborately filmed with imagery of women shedding their traditional dress and gender roles. In the clip, Saudi women lift their black robes to reveal brightly colored clothes and sneakers, while skateboarding, roller skating, and playing basketball. Donald Trump also makes a cameo in the clip as a cutout of the President-elect is carried by the men in the video, seemingly indicating that Trump is onboard with the oppression of women.

Majed al-Esa is no stranger to controversy for his work in the Arab world. Last year, his hit dance-song "Barbs," which inspired a specific dance move that was seen as insulting to Islam, led to several arrests of individuals who uploaded videos of themselves dancing to the song. So far, no one has been arrested in connection with "Hwages" as the catchy song continues to spread like wildfire throughout Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

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