WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Photographer Andreas Hvid posted sexy images of himself and a woman on top of the Great Pyramid, sparking public outrage.
- Egyptian authorities will investigate how the pair climbed the pyramid since it is strictly prohibited to do so.
- Although Hvid regularly posts photographs that involve nudity on social media page, he denied having sex on the pyramid.
After a nighttime trek to the Great Pyramid of Giza, a man and a woman posted a photo and video of themselves in apparently provocative poses on top of the pyramid against a background of the Cairo skyline. The images sparked outrage in the strictly conservative Muslim country with many saying on social media that it was totally discourteous to the nation’s heritage.
According to the newspaper al-Ahram on Saturday, Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani said it was ‘strictly forbidden’ to scale the pyramids. He also viewed the pictures as a ‘violation of public morality’.
While Danish photographer Andreas Hvid is known to regularly post images of naked women scaling heights against breathtaking skylines on his Instagram page, he denies having sex on the pyramid. “We did not have sex and we never did it.”
He told the Danish tabloid Ekstrabladet that he was lucky that the woman in the picture answered his call to complete the picture and came all the way from Denmark to Cairo at short notice.
Hvid said they entered the site in late November. After the area around the pyramid became less busy, the pair made the 140-meter (460 ft) climb that took roughly 25 minutes.
Once at the top, “a euphoric feeling struck us both,” Hvid told the paper. “It was the culmination of a lot of work and many chances taken,” he added.
Egyptian media reports that after officials suggested that the video may be fake, the country’s prosecutors will launch a probe to confirm its authenticity. They will also examine how the couple scaled the pyramid which is among the seven wonders of the world.
Source: The Guardian