Naked couple atop Great Pyramid
In a video titled “Climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza,” Danish photographer Andreas Hvid appears to scale the 4,500-year-old tomb on the outskirts of Cairo at night with an unidentified woman who is later seen taking off her top. Hvid says the video was taken in late November but it was published on YouTube on Dec. 8. A photograph released by Hvid appears to show the couple completely naked on top of each other while looking in the direction of a nearby pyramid with the horizon illuminated. “The public prosecution is investigating the incident of the Danish photographer and the authenticity of the photos and video of him climbing the pyramid,” Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of Egypt’s supreme antiquities council, told AFP. If the video was actually filmed at the top of the pyramid, that would make it a “very serious crime,” Waziri said. The nearly three-minute video has taken social media by storm and has been the subject of late night talk shows. It has notched up almost three-million views on YouTube alone. “A 7,000-year-old civilization has turned into a bed sheet,” a Twitter user in Egypt lamented. Another protested that “they want to soil the dignity and pride of Egyptians because the pyramid reflects the glory and grandeur of the Egyptian people.” The authenticity of the images has been disputed with some arguing the photograph showing the pair naked appears to be very bright whereas the video showed them scaling the pyramid at night.