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TikToker arrested for offending public morality with ambiguous joke about screaming

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Tafa Safwan Photo: Screenshot A TikToker has been arrested in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for offending public morality after conservatives mounted a campaign against her, saying that a joke in one of her videos implied a sexual relationship between two women.

Tala Safwan is Egyptian and lives in Saudi Arabia. She is a popular TikTok content creator who has her five million followers on the platform. She makes jokes, pulls pranks on people, and does TikTok challenges for her largely teenage audience.

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In the video that led to her arrest, she invited another woman to hang out at her house and said “everyone will be asleep” and “no one will hear her scream,” according to Egyptian Streets .

That led to the hashtag #TalaOffendsSociety” trending on Saudi Twitter earlier this year with calls for her arrest, while Safwan said that her words were taken out of context and weren’t sexual. She said that the short clip of her video was deceptively edited to inspire ourage.

Police in Riyadh announced through the country’s Interior Ministry that they arrested a woman on June 26 “who appeared in a broadcast talking to another woman […]

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