Casablanca- Nador’s “forbidden kiss” has not only spurred the sympathy of some young Moroccans, who subsequently organized random “kiss-ins” in solidarity with the two young students who were initially arrested for posting pictures of them exchanging kisses, but the controversial kiss has garnered the sympathy of some Moroccan artists as well.
Mohamed El Baz, a famous Moroccan installation artist and photographer and graduate of the Higher School of Fine Arts in Paris, and Fadila El Gadi, a Moroccan fashion designer, expressed their sympathy towards Nador’s students in a picture posted by Le360, an online news outlet.
The picture depicts the two renowned Moroccan artists affectionately holding each other close, on the verge of a kiss, as an expression of sympathy towards Nador’s teen couple.
The picture was also described as an encouragement to the few Moroccans who recently staged a “kiss-in” in Rabat, which stirred the outrage of other Moroccans who were there at that time. The issue has ignited uproar on social networks, as Moroccans have expressed strongly diverging opinions on the matter.
Having the distinction of being two of Morocco’s most celebrated artists, the act of sympathy towards the two teenagers arrested in Nador that Mohamed El Baz and Fadila El Gadi expressed through their recent photograph is expected to add more fuel to the ongoing controversy.
Their act of sympathy has also been touted as a rejection of and challenge to the legal procedures Nador’s three teenagers were subjected to since their arrest.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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