Divine Ikubor, professionally known as Rema, has sent a heartwarming message to a group of Iranian ladies who were arrested for dancing to his song.
The five ladies became an internet sensation after a video of them dancing to Rema and Selena Gomez’s hit track ‘Calm Down’ went viral globally.
The video sparked a huge controversy because women are not allowed to dance in public in Iran, and risk being prosecuted.
The ladies reportedly filmed the dance video in support of an activist movement fighting for women’s rights in Iran.
Watch the viral clip below,
This video of Iranian girls in Tehran’s Ekbatan neighborhood dancing unveiled to the song Calm Down by Rema and Selena Gomez has gone viral.
Women are banned from dancing in public in Iran. pic.twitter.com/2hSsY4KFEg
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) March 9, 2023
It was gathered that they were arrested and held in police custody for two days over the video, and forced to apologize.
Iranian activist, Shahrak Ekbatan who confirmed the arrest wrote,
“These girls were under arrest by the #IRGCterrorists for almost two days where they were emotionally abused and a forced confession was taken from them, apologizing for dancing in public.”
Reacting to the incident, Rema took to Twitter to send a special shout out the girls and other Iranian women fighting for a better world, stating that he is inspired by them.
“To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you and I dream with you. ”
See his post,
To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you and I dream with you. ✊🏿🤍🇮🇷 https://t.co/sOCQjZnlpB
— REMA (@heisrema) March 14, 2023