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Layan Jawdat


Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy

[Screenshot of YouTube show 3al6ayer. Courtesy of UTURN Entertainment]

“No woman, no drive. Said 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.”  These are the opening lyrics of a satirical song parodying Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and poking fun at a Saudi cleric’s statement in which he asserted that women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and pelvises, ultimately birthing children with “clinical problems.” Performed and produced by ...

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Layan Jawdat


Layan Jawdat is a recent graduate of the Communication, Culture, and Technology M.A. program at Georgetown University. In her graduate studies, Jawdat researched issues around art, media, and representation, with a particular interest in analyzing popular culture in the Arab world. She is also a graduate of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service with a major in culture and politics.