Egyptian authorities are angered and shocked over a video which has surfaced on social media showing a Danish photographer and his girlfriend first climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops, and then proceeding to lie naked on top and simulate/perform a sexual act.
In Egypt, a judicial investigation has been started accusing a couple from Denmark who would have unlawfully climbed one of the pyramids of Giza to pose naked. It is not clear whether the two are still in Egypt.
The approximately three-minute video that was distributed on YouTube this week caused quite a stir in Egypt. There appears to be a couple on it which is climbing the pyramid of Cheops, which is forbidden. Once at the top, the woman starts to undress.
قالوا لوزير الاثار الحق فيه مصور دنماركي "Andreas Hvid" طلع فوق الهرم و اتصور مع صاحبته ؛ قال لهم ده لا مصور ولا له في التصوير 😉 pic.twitter.com/EGGGRHBTpw
Right at the end of the video, a still image is shown on which the two appear naked on top of each other on top of the pyramid. The same image can be found on the website of the male half of the couple, Andreas Hvid, a Danish photographer who specializes in (nude) photography from high buildings.
The Egyptian minister of Antiquarian Affairs, Mr Khaled al-Anani has on Friday, according to state media Ahram Online, handed over a file with the images to the Attorney General.
Firstly, it will be examined whether the video and the much-discussed picture are real.
In the video description, Danish photographer Mr Hvid wrote “In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza. Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb.”
Climbing the pyramids is punishable by law in Egypt.
Moreover, critics say the couple showed a lack of respect for the conservative society of the country.
Miss Marisa Papen, a Belgian model, was put in an Egyptian cell for eight hours in April last year after she had posed naked at the temples of Karnak near Luxor.