Men deported from Saudi for being ‘too handsome’. We’re looking into starting a refugee program for international men deemed too handsome to be in homely countries, now that we know this is actually a thing thanks to Saudi Arabia.
A delegation of men from the United Arab Emirates who were attending a cultural festival in Saudi Arabia were arrested by religious police and promptly deported from the country for being too devastatingly handsome.
“A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices] members feared female visitors could fall for them,” Elaph reported this week, as quoted on the website Arabian Business. The Emirati men were subsequently deported to Abu Dhabi. In Saudi Arabia women are largely prohibited from interacting with unrelated males.
After the incident, the UAE released an official statement indicating that the religious police may have been on high alert due to the unplanned (and, we assume, unnerving) presence of an unnamed female artist, reported the Telegraph. It’s unclear whether the men were evicted in relation to that incident, however.