Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | 00:36 WIB

Pop Singer Gets Two-Year Prison Sentence for Eating Bananas

Egyptian-based pop singer Shyma(pictasetex)

CAIRO, NETRALNEWS.COM -- An Egyptian court has sentenced a pop singer to jail for two years for symbolically eating bananas and wearing bra and underwear in a recent music video.

Shyma's video for the song 'I Have Issues' sparked anger in the very socially conservative country. Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014, the authorities have used broad morality laws to suppress freedom of expression.

"I do not imagine all this will happen, and that I will be the target of a strong attack from everyone, as a young singer ... who have dreamed from a young age to become a singer," Shyma wrote on Facebook, which has now been deleted, as quoted from Russian Today.

Moreover, the Egyptian musicians' union had also banned Shyma from performing, as reported by Gulf News Egypt.

"The content of the video clip is dangerous for Egyptian society," lawmaker Jalal Awara said at the launch of the video, as quoted by Gulf News Egypt. "There must be a firm attitude towards the promoters of this below-standard art."