Nigerian music star, Divine Ikubor, widely known as Rema, has reacted to the detention of five Iranian girls who were pictured in a video dancing to the remix of his hit song with Selena Gomez, ‘Calm down’, in public.
Rema, 21, expressed his delight with the courage shown by the girls as well as other girls in Iran seeking a better world.
He tweeted, “To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you, and I dream with you.”
Recall that the five girls had posted a video of themselves dancing to Rema’s “Calm down’ song but security personnel in Iran allegedly detained and forced them to issue an apology for their actions.
The girls were pictured dancing to the global hit song with bare midriffs tops, without headscarves, beneath a high-rise building in the Tehran residential district of Ekbatan.
Reports say they were first warned and then detained for two days, during which they were reportedly forced to ask for forgiveness.
As the video trended, the girls were immediately targeted by the security forces seeing they didn’t wear headscarves, which are mandatory for women in Iran.
Reacting to the arrest of the girls, Iranian journalist activist, Masih Alinejad wrote, “Women dancing threaten the Iranian Government. Recently police hunted these five young girls who launched a viral Selena Gomez dance. They were forced to wear hijab and make false confessions against themselves. In the eyes of Islamic Republic all women across.”
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