‘Offensive’ cake mocking Saudi religious police gets baker in trouble

Cake was decorated as an open truck driven by a woman and transporting women while being chased by the religious police. (Photo courtesy: Gulf News)

The picture of a cake decorated as an open truck driven by a woman and transporting women while being chased by the religious police has sparked controversy in Saudi Arabia.

The cake, which was requested by a female client, was considered as denigrating Saudi Arabia’s religious police force, known as the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive.

The pastry shop which sold the dessert said it fired the employee who conceptualized the controversial cake and expressed its apologies regarding the incident.

“It was an individual act by an employee who prepared the cake as requested by a female client,” Omar Sa’adeddine, the board member of Sa’adeddine Sweets said, according to Gulf News.

“The company was not involved and we conducted a probe that resulted in firing the man who made it [the cake] and the employee who took the picture,” he said.

“We are fully committed to our religion and values and we fully reject the slightest attempt to denigrate the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,” Sa’adeddine said.

The Saudi religious police works to enforce strict codes of conduct in the kingdom.

Members patrol the streets to enforce the separation of unrelated men and women, dress code and prayer by Muslims.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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