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'No Woman, No Drive' Video Mocks Ban on Saudi Arabian Women Drivers (Video)

| by Emily Smith

Two Saudi Arabian comedians and activists made light of the ban on women drivers in a viral video, featuring a parodied Bob Marley song they call “No Woman, No Drive”.

The video has accumulated 4.5 million views on YouTube since Hisham Fageed and Fahad Al Butairi uploaded it Monday night.

“Say I remember when you used to sit in the family car,” Fageed sings, “but backseat.”

In another line, Fageed sings that women’s ovaries will be safe in the backseat so they can continue to have children.

The second line was in response to Sheik Salah al-Luhaydan, a cleric who said women who drove would risk damaging their ovaries and birthing children with defects.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the comedians said they hoped the ban would soon be lifted, and that the video was meant to spread happiness and positivity.

The video is especially popular because of Saturday’s “drive-in” protests, when Saudi Arabian women across the country published pictures of themselves driving in opposition of the ban.

Because of the protest, 16 women were fined. While there is no law against women driving, they were charged with disturbing the peace of the country.

The protestors and their guardians were forced to sign a pledge to respect the kingdom’s laws.

Sources: Time, The Daily Beast