You might want to sit down, because you’re about to witness something #fierce enough to make your knees buckle.
Jeddah boy dancing in the middle of Tahlia Street is the hero we need pic.twitter.com/fui9v2UuDF
— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) August 19, 2017
This kid. He rocks. He rocks in sky blue Crocs. There’s street dance, then there’s this kid’s street dance. You can stay in your lane, he’ll slay in his.
Unfortunately, the young man’s flawless Macarena fell foul of Saudi Arabia’s somewhat severe public behaviour laws. According to state-linked news websites, the 14-year-old, who is an Arab national, was detained by police earlier this week for disrupting traffic and improper public behaviour.
The dance, which took place on Tahlia Street, Jeddah, was reportedly filmed over a year ago. However, it only surfaced on social media a few days ago, and that’s when Saudi police intervened.
Flamboyant Macarenas and other western dances / music are fairly taboo in Saudi Arabia. Good news may be on the horizon, though. The kingdom’s heir to the throne, 31-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is currently pushing for a more relaxed approach to music (and presumably sick dance moves), having called for a limited allotment of musical concerts after an almost 20 year ban.
That’s all well and good, but what of our Macarena maestro? His dad had to sign a pledge vowing to protect his son and not to violate public morals. The kid was then swiftly released.
Dance on, you Croc-rocking hero.