Is Saudi Arabia deporting men for being too handsome?

According to reports, leaders fear female visitors could fall for them too easily

Published April 24, 2013 10:11PM (EDT)

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According to a recent Time Magazine report, three men were deported from Saudi Arabia for being "too handsome."

Now The Telegraph is weighing in, explaining:

A statement in Arabic-language newspaper Elaph, translated by The Telegraph, added, "A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices] members feared female visitors could fall for them.

The Internet has started buzzing with rumors of who the men might be, with journalists agreeing that at least one of the alleged candidates is very handsome:

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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