MANILA, Philippines – Several websites have been pointing to Oman Borkan Al Gala, an actor, photographer and poet from the United Arab Emirates, as one of the three men who were reportedly forced to leave Saudi Arabia for being “too handsome.”
Among these websites is New York Daily News, which reported that Al Gala has not responded to its requests for clarification regarding the issue.
On April 21, he posted an article about the deportation on his Facebook page, setting social media sites on fire.
“This is what [is] written in newspapers in (sic) over the world,” Al Gala told his more than 140,000 “fans” on Facebook as he pointed to an article, which showed his photo.
Several Facebook users commented on the post, which has been “liked” more than 11,000 times, with most of them asking Al Gala to stay in their country instead.
“Come to Brazil, handsome man!” said Carmen Silva.
“Come to Vietnam, dear,” added Jinny Nguyen.
Al Gala went on to post what New York Daily News described as “glam beauty shots accompanied by swoon-inducing quotes.”
One of the photos, which showed him wearing a basketball jersey, had the caption: “The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
Another photo had the caption: “With early mornings I take a deep breath, full of hope that this will be [a] better day, and I believe that God will facilitate my day and will fill it with love, kind (sic) and happiness.”
Last week, TIME reported that Saudi Arabia has deported three men for being “too handsome,” citing an article from the Arabic-language newspaper Elaph.
The three Emiratis were visiting Saudi Arabia for the annual Jenadrivah Heritage and Cultural Festival in Riyadh, TIME added.
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