Saudi comedian/activist’s brilliant video challenges ban on women driving

Hisham Fageeh is a 26 year old Saudi Arabian comedian and social activist. And he’s done a brilliant video taking on Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving.

no-woman-no-drive

You’ve got to have some major cojones to be a comedian, let alone a social activist, in Saudi Arabia.

Hisham explains at the beginning of the video that he used to study in the US. Now, no one knows what he was like before he lived in the US, but he’s a prime example of why it’s important for people to travel – including Americans. International travel – any travel – expands your horizons. And it can show you things like the fact that “socialist” health care isn’t the big bad that washed-up-70s-sit-com-stars claim it is, and that yes, Virginia, women can drive without harming their ovaries.

Just as remarkable, Fageeh sings all the parts of the song, simultaneously.  Really brilliant.

Here are the lyrics, sung to Bob Marley’s “No woman, no cry”:

No woman, no drive. No woman, no drive.
No woman, no drive. No woman, no drive.

Say, say, say I remember when you used to sit
In the family car, but backseat.
Ova-ovaries all safe and well,
So you can make lots and lots of babies.

Good friends we had and good friends we lost
On the highway.
In this bright future you can’t forget your past,
So put your car key away.

No woman, no drive. No woman, no drive.
Hey little sister, don’t touch that wheel.
No woman, no drive.

I remember when you used to sit
in the family car, but backseat.
Of course the driver can take you everywhere,
Because the queens don’t drive.

But you can cook for me my dinner,
of which I’d share with you.
Your feet is your only carriage,
But only inside the house.
And when I say it I mean it!

Everything’s gonna be alright, everything’s gonna be alright. (repeated several times)
No woman, no drive. No woman, no drive.
Hey little sister, don’t touch that wheel.
No woman, no drive.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown (1989); and worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, and as a stringer for the Economist. Frequent TV pundit: O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline & Reliable Sources. Bio, .

Share This Post

  • whofan99

    Definitely did take guts. My uncle worked for Aramco for 30 years, and although he loved the money, he did not like the Saudis. He was a tolerant man, but he did not like how they treated people they did not “approve” of, which included women. He realized the irony, but he wouldn’t even let his wife visit, because he didn’t want her to see how badly women were treated in the 60s in Saudi. Even Western women are jailed for, say, wearing shorts. Not a good situation, can you imagine a citizen of the country? Scary!

  • whofan99

    Stop feeding the trolls!

  • Bill_Perdue

    It’s probably best that you run away, flinging more personal crap and declaring victory to hide your shame at losing.

    I proved that your denial of Obama’s co-equal guilt with Reagan, the Bushes and the Clintons is dead in the water. If he ever needs a defense attorney he’ll be in deep water if it’s someone like you who says ‘other people were just as bad.’

    And that your attempt to claim that his critics are racists is desperate and a lie. The Clintons criticisms of Obama are racist as are those of most Republicans. Critics on his left are not racist.

    And I demolished your attempt to equate the criticisms of rightists like yourself and Fox with criticisms by leftists is partisanship at it’s worst.

    And finally I rejected your attempt to move the conversation from the political to the personal with the use of terms like ‘clit’ and ‘douch’ when referring to a gay man is ever so straight of you but it won’t work. It never does. People like you never learn because your political views are bankrupt.

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    Your rightwing tactic of repeating the lie that I somehow denied O’s behavior, hoping to make it come true, when in actuality what I did was point out that every recent president has participated in the same behavior has become tedious.

    To quote the former first lady Babs Bush,
    “I’m through with you.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    Lets summarize.

    Your denial of Obama’s co-equal guilt with Reagan, the Bushes and the Clintons is dead in the water. If he ever needs a defense attorney he’ll be in deep water if it’s someone like you who says ‘other people were just as bad.’

    Your attempt to claim that his critics are racists is desperate and a lie. The Clintons criticisms of Obama are racist as are those of most Republicans. Critics on his left are not racist.

    Your attempt to equate the criticisms of rightists like yourself and Fox with criticisms by leftists is partisanship at it’s worst.

    Your attempt to move the conversation from the political to the personal with the use of terms like ‘clit’ and ‘douch’ when referring to a gay man is ever so straight of you but it won’t work. It never does. People like you never learn.

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    You still haven’t demonstrated any inaccuracies in anything I’ve said about this… Nor have you posted anything that supports the original post I responded to.

    “My denial of O’s wrongdoing?” ANOTHER lie? Go back and start over.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama and the Democrats are the enemies of world peace. Period. If you’re not an Obama worshiper you’ll do until a better one comes along.

    Fox has their criticisms and socialists have ours. Equating them is another rightwing lie.

    You didn’t hurt my feelings at all. Leftists expect rightwingers and Obama supporters to forget politics and pepper their remarks with crap like ‘douche’ and ‘clit’. Lacking any real creditably in you denial of Obama’s wrong doing you have to resort to something.

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    Nope. Douche over your nasty tone and holier-than-thou attitude.

  • Bill_Perdue

    “By the way, douche, ‘muslin’ is a fabric. There are no muslin nations.” Douche? Over a spelling error.

    But “But you just go ahead and blame everything that’s ever happened on the guy in there today, if that’s what tickles your clit.” Clit? I make no such claim about Obama. He’s the current warmonger in chief and he gets all the blame for current policies. I and other leftists have said all along that Obama is as bad as his predecessors, and I can’t imagine a worse indictment. Your point seems to be that Obama is immune to criticism because of his skin color and because right wing Democrats and Republicans criticize him. You’re wrong. Not all his critics are racist. Leftists, unionists, antiwar groups, those who opposed his torture of Chelsea Manning and hose who oppose his desire to gut Social Security and the Bill of Rights don’t do so because of his skin color.

    Our criticisms are not right wing or racist like the Republicans and Democrats like the Clintons.“Hillary Clinton’s Campaign IEDs (Insinuations, Exaggerations and Distortions) – The Clintons have built their entire political lives on the premise that if they can’t win pretty, they’ll settle for winning ugly. … “Is Obama a Muslim.” Hillary was asked on 60-Minutes. “No. Not as far as I know,” she replied” http://www.alternet.org/story/79869/hillary_clinton's_campaign_ieds_(insinuations,_exaggerations_and_distortions)

    Obama’s skin color doesn’t excuse his ordering the racist and extra judicial murders of American citizens, his attacks on Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain (via his Saudi alliance), his arming the zionists who murder Palestinians, intern them in Gaza and steal their land.

    The kiss on the cheek which you used to call attention to Bush’s crimes is nothing compared to the Bush and Clintons wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan or Obama’s continuation and expansion of them. The truth is that Obama is just as racist and just as rancid as his predecessors when it comes to wars of aggression to steal or control oil and other resources. At least that’s what leftists say.

    Maybe you can reply and tell us what people who pepper their comments with ‘douche’ and ‘clit’ have to say.

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    Must’ve struck a nerve for you to start your reply so congenially. A lie and an insult. W00T!!

    And ‘people like me’ can google too…

    Reagan – $8.5 Billion (in 1981 dollars) in arms to the Saudis
    http://www.merip.org/mer/mer155/saudi-arabia-reagan-doctrine

    Yes, Obama is much, much worse.

    Bush Jr. – $20 Billion in 2008 dollars – compared to O’s puny $10B arms deal.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=did+president+bush+sell+arms+to+saudi+arabia%3F&oq=did+president+bush+sell+arms+to+saudi+arabia%3F&aqs=chrome..69i57.13557j0j1&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8

    Oh yes, The black man in the White House today is much worse than all those white men who did exactly the same thing he’s doing.

    But you just go ahead and blame everything that’s ever happened on the guy in there today, if that’s what tickles your clit. I’m not surprised people like you think that the entire US foreign policy comes to a halt at the end of one president’s term and everything starts all fresh and new with every president. “DO OVERS!”

    By the way, douche, ‘muslin’ is a fabric, not a nation.

  • Bill_Perdue

  • Bill_Perdue

    He gives them arms, which is worse. Much worse. I’m not surprised that people like you can’t figure that out.

  • http://michaelhawthorneonline.com/ MikeinSanJose

    “Obama’s allies, the royal Wahhabists” and Bush’s BFFs, and Clinton’s allies before that, and Bush’s allies before that, and Reagan’s allies before that… etc., etc., etc.

    I think you meant to say “Oil-Dependent America’s allies”

    I admire your effort to turn that all out on Obama, tho…

  • Strepsi

    It did take guts, and you notice Saudi Arabia is so oppressive he cannot even show he’s being ironic. He is only spouting official Saudi and religious doctrine with a smile.

    There is no obvious “take down” or calling out the laws overtly, as you’d see here. In fact, it is so subtle if you read the YouTube comments a LOT of people don’t get it’s parody.

  • 1jetpackangel

    I lost it when he started scratching his beard for the sandpaper sound.

  • tomtallis

    That always worries me. I have a Palestinian friend whose family is in Saudi Arabia (they treat the Palestinians like warmed over shit). When he used to walk home from school he had to walk through the main square of Riyadh where they were always lopping something off of someone; a hand, a foot, a finger, testicles, and once, a head.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Except for his momma Lawrence particularly care for women folk.

  • cole3244

    dam that took guts, the royal family calls & bring the backup singers with you.

  • Bill_Perdue

    So much for the Islamophobic (or zionist or racist) view that everyone from muslim cultures is backward.

    And he’s very talented. And courageous. I hope that Obama’s allies, the royal Wahhabists, don’t got a chance to hurt him or kill him.

  • mooresart

    Mustang Saleema better slow her Mustang down. Ride, Saleema, ride!

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Facetious — the desert is NOT so clean! Then women could not vote in Britain, nor most of the United States for that matter.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I don’t remember very many cars either. What the hell is your point?

  • Bomer

    Brilliant!

  • maria

    I’d like to see him parody “Baby You Can Drive My Car.”

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Did T.E. Lawrence see this happening? I don’t recall any women in “Lawrence of Arabia”!

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    He’s very cute too. He can drive me around.

  • LanceThruster

    That guy’s got a great head on his shoulders (for now).

    xD

© 2014 AMERICAblog News. All rights reserved. · Entries RSS