Ruby’s music videos are banned by Egyptian tv for being too sexy, and she has been banned from holding concerts in Kuwait.
According to studies by the London-based daily Al-Hayat, the Egyptian singer Ruby is considered to be more popular than any political or intellectual figure in Egypt. A Cairo newspaper survey found that Egyptian youth think Ruby is “the most interesting person in Egypt”.
The censorship committee at the new Arab satellite music channel Nogoom has decided to ban the airing of all Ruby’s songs. In their terms, she is considered one of the “top seductive singers”.
“This is an issue of a cultural revolution rather than a single incident of Ruby and the likes,” comments Nahed Barakat from Cairo, Egypt, on a blog-page.
During the 1950s, belly-dancing was forbidden in Egypt because of its perceived lewdness.