Saudi mobile operator Mobily has stopped users from text message voting for an Arab “Star Academy” competition because of an Islamic decree branding the reality show immoral, the company said on Monday.
Saudi religious scholars last May condemned the hugely popular talent show aired by Lebanese channel LBC as a crime against Islam when a young Saudi returned to a hero’s welcome after winning in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
“The decision was taken last night because of a fatwa (religious decree) issued last year, since the program is culturally inappropriate,” spokesman Humoud Alghodaini said.
“It shows men and women living in one house, sometimes semi-naked and in inappropriate situations,” he added.
Seriously, if Western Civilization allows these “allies” to continue to promote their agenda, then all basic human rights which the Western world now enjoys will be compromised – freedom of expression being the first.