A video on YouTube and a photograph by a self-proclaimed urban explorer, Danish-born Andreas Hvid, has many outraged and the rest simply confused.
In the video, Hvid is barely seen fumbling around in the dark with an unknown woman whose face is blurred out while the two secretly climb the Great Pyramid of Giza. The video doesn’s show it, but it seems the goal was to wait for sunrise, take off their clothes, pretend to have sex, and snap a photo, which appears on Hvid’s website.
Not only did the stunt upset people with its lack of respect, but Egyptian authorities are opening an investigation into how the couple managed to climb the pyramid at night.
The Egyptian antiquities minister, Khaled al-Anani, said that climbing the pyramid is “strictly forbidden” and called the ensuing photo, “violation of public morality.”
The NSFW photo was posted on social media.
Pyramids fuck by andreashvid pic.twitter.com/HDb1YOZumM
— Karismation ⁶𓅓 (@KaremM7md) December 6, 2018
Hvid is adamant the two did not have sex and the photo was staged.
He told a Danish paper:
“A euphoric feeling struck us both when we reached the top. It was the culmination of a lot of work and many chances taken. We did not have sex and we never had it.”
He also added:
“I will stay out of Egypt in the future, as I probably risk being sentenced if I go back.”
Folks on social media were not impressed.
— Dr. Miah (@dst6n01) December 9, 2018
Fucking assholes!!! These idiots are only out for their own selfish satisfaction and have no respect for rules that everybody else has to abide by and the historic significance of this site to mankind!!
— TheCrownedWarrior (@BielBienne2014) December 10, 2018
Respect is the minimum people should have to other cultures. Your freedom end where beginswhere the other’s begins.
Do what you want but in respect with the others.
— Djamel Eddine Yabdri (@yabdri) December 9, 2018
— svenja lovis (@SvenjaLovis) December 10, 2018
This is a good example of how Westerms' are !!
— samer (@samerfa2) December 8, 2018
People just disredard laws I guess. As long as they can upload to IG. 🤷🏽♀️
— drea (@samohta3) December 8, 2018
Is that suppose to be great …???
— Ashely (@asdhj0_) December 8, 2018
You have to be a pretty serious scumbag to disrespect someone else’s culture like that
— Tessa (@tessmissing) December 8, 2018
— Beth Weissman (@beth_weissman) December 8, 2018
Maybe they wanted to be hanged. What the fuck. Did they forgot they were in Egypt. They hate nonsense. Please respect their laws.https://t.co/qxCb9NNuxi
— Sherif Abdul (@SherifAbdulWan) December 8, 2018
The resulting photo hardly seems worth the risk.