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A music video featuring skateboarding women has Saudi Arabia entranced

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Video challenges various bans imposed by Saudi government on women. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Video challenges various bans imposed by Saudi government on women. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Take a look for yourself and it is clear why. At the same time, they wear brightly colored sneakers and fashionable dresses under their traditional black niqabs.

An upbeat pop song from Saudi Arabia that lashes out at the Gulf kingdom's oppressive women's rights record has gone viral shortly after its late December upload to social media.

The song seems lighthearted, but its lyrics make a sharp point.

The women in the music video sing phrases that roughly translate to "If only God would rid us of men", "Men make us mentally ill", and "they're making us go insane".

Perhaps the most obvious reference comes at the start of the video, when the women pile into the back of an SUV while a young boy takes the wheel.

In another scene, the women ride bumper cars at a fairground (women are forbidden to drive in Saudi Arabia) and go bowling, knocking down bowling pins adorned with men's faces.

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The fate of women in Saudi Arabia lies largely with the men in their lives.

The girls also take a swipe at President-elect Donald Trump, who was accused of sexually harassing women during the 2016 U.S. elections.

The nearly three-minute video has earned praise from some parts of the establishment and criticism from elsewhere.

The video has also earned high praise from several in the country, including from Amera al-Taweel, the 33-year-old ex-wife of prominent Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who shared the video on her Twitter account.

The Arabic newspaper Al-Bilad, said in a report that the video had got tens of thousands of views "because of the unique way" it introduced the subject and the director had pointed out that the "the new generation of women is different from the past".

Majed Al Esa is no stranger to controversy - his song Barbs (translated as "messy") and its video triggered a dance craze previous year.

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