Beware, if you want to do the "Monster Mash" in Saudi Arabia, you very well could be detained for it. I mean that quite literally. As in, people who go to Halloween parties in Saudi Arabia are literally in danger.
Just ask the 17 Filipina workers who were detained for attending a party in a private compound at the Philippine embassy. It was a festive occasion. You know, a party where everyone dresses up in silly costumes. Yet Saudi officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs deemed the event heretical.
Boy, those Saudis sure know how to have a good time, right?
The new regime has been heralded as "progressive" for allowing (some) women to drive — under male supervision — and for legalizing movie theaters for the first time since E.T. was released. But Halloween parties are too much?
The actual charges were that "unattached men and women were together in public," as well as holding an event (i.e. a house party) without a permit and "disturbing the neighborhood."
The Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia issued a warning noting that "everyone is reminded to avoid mixed crowds, consuming liquor, and holding public practice of traditions that are associated with religions other than Islam, such as Halloween, Valentines and Christmas."
Postmodern activists here in the U.S.... are nowhere to be found anytime news appears of an actual patriarchy and actual toxic masculinity and actual misogyny and actual rape culture.
The Filipina citizens have since been released—temporarily. That doesn't negate Saudi Arabia's horrendous, misogynistic, homophobic laws. Women are quite literally treated as property. Yet the campus feminists and postmodern activists here in the U.S., the self-righteous minority of people who are screaming about the patriarchy and toxic masculinity and misogyny and rape culture, they are nowhere to be found anytime news appears of an actual patriarchy and actual toxic masculinity and actual misogyny and actual rape culture.
It's almost as if they don't actually care about victims, and what they really want is power.