Pop star Selena Gomez has found herself in hot water with mosque leaders in Abu Dhabi, for flashing her ankle while dressed in otherwise traditional attire. Her exposed skin violated the strict dress code of the establishment, inciting mass fury among many Muslims and worshippers present in the holy establishment at the time.
The 22-year-old was visiting the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque recently when the incident occurred. She had her picture taken with one of the leaders, and struck a somewhat provocative pose making it so her garb fell behind her leg as she angled her knee to flash the aforementioned exposed skin to the camera.
That one instance, however, was most certainly not the only reason the Texas native proceeded to get blasted by religious leaders and worshippers alike, as well as those who had simply viewed the picture on the internet and voiced their discontent at what they felt was her lack of respect for the culture. Gomez traveled to the United Arab Emirates with her usual group of sidekicks; Kendall Jenner, Cody Simpson, Gigi Hadid, and Shay Mitchell, and her friends joined her in donning said Muslim attire and posing for pictures at the place of worship. In the photographs being referred to, each member of the gang pulled their own silly pose in order to mug for the camera; these included laughing, smiling, peace signs being thrown up, etc.
This carefree attitude when being present at the devotional site in question caused a flurry of outrage amongst those in charge of the establishment. The manner in which Gomez and her crew were acting broke an abundance of rules for what behavior in such a place should look like, mostly due to their decision to act as though they were all in a photo booth together rather than in a place of prayer. Laughing and smiling in the establishment is strictly prohibited, as one’s time inside is expected to be taken seriously and not made into a joking matter whatsoever.
Gomez is not the only star to get herself in trouble at the mosque referred to above. Last year, R&B/pop queen Rihanna visited the same establishment, and pulled a major no-no by taking pictures and posted them online immediately after. Once leaders of said worship center got wind of what the Barbados native was doing, they asked her to leave the vicinity immediately. Said mosque authorities went slightly easier on Gomez and her gang, allowing them to stay even though they had broken more than one rule during their visit. The Come & Get It singer has since taken down the aforementioned ankle shot photo from her personal Instagram account, although the group picture remains posted.
Selena Gomez is still currently under extreme public scrutiny for her recent behavioral choices at the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. However, the singer herself has not yet released any kind of comment or public statement regarding the incident in question. There has not yet been word from any of her friends, either.
By Rebecca Grace