One rule for celebrities, and another for you and me?
An Egyptian man in Dubai has been charged with having consensual sex with a woman. Would he have been charged if he were a celebrity?
July 2, 2009 2:12 by Dana El Baltaji
On Thursday, an Egyptian engineer was charged with having consensual sex with a woman who accidentally fell off his balcony in Discovery Gardens. The defendant admitted he had premarital sex with the woman.
I’m confused. Why would one adult be charged with having consensual sex with a woman, but another adult – who’s famous for a raunchy sex-video – be invited an all expense paid trip to the emirate?
It’s one thing for the emirate to have its laws, which most of us respect, but it’s an entirely different issue if it embraces people that are in clear violation of its moral code.
Since Paris Hilton landed in Dubai in June, she’s been paraded around Dubai like a jeweled peacock. And while I understand the commercial value of celebrities visiting Dubai, I can’t understand why this particular celebrity has been embraced, especially given the emirate’s pledge to uphold its moral code: Paris is a professional party animal. She exudes sex, and if it weren’t for her sexual trysts, she’d be a nobody (albeit a wealthy one).
Anyone who knows anything about Hilton knows that most of her work contain “content that [fall] in the ‘Prohibited Content Category,’” and is blocked by the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
So why is she here? Granted, Dubai has gained serious publicity by having her here. But what would have happened if she hadn’t broken up with her boyfriend Doug Reinhardt, and he travelled to Dubai with her? What if she shared a hotel room with him, and had consensual sex with him? Would she be charged with a crime, like the Egyptian engineer?
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