While some Egyptian officials denounced the nudity in particular, others are simply displeased that the video may have been taken in disregard of laws prohibiting most people from climbing on ancient monuments without a valid reason for doing so.
Danish photographer Andreas Hvid recently uploaded a YouTube video of himself climbing the Great Pyramid with a female friend so she could pose for a topless photograph. Now Egyptian authorities are investigating the film.
Egyptian officials are alternately describing Hvid’s shoot as a violation of public morality. Hvid told the Danish publication Ekstrabladet that he had been dreaming about taking the “pyramid fuck”—as translated by Google—photo for quite some time, calling it “the dumbest idea I could get on. Western, privileged youth at its worst. All that is missing is a joint and a bottle of vodka.”
However, the photographer denies that the two actually had intercourse during the photo shoot—though it is clearly staged to look as if they did.
“In late November 2018, a friend and I climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza,” Hvid captioned. “Fearing to be spotted by the many guards, I did not film the several hours of sneaking around at the Giza Plateau, which lead up to the climb.”
The video features a woman taking her top off at the pyramid’s summit, which is 481 feet tall. Hvid also included a photo of himself embracing his naked female travel companion at the 4,500-year-old monument.
While climbing the pyramids is illegal in Egypt and there is security present on the site, the Los Angeles Times wrote in September that renewal projects including a “state-of-the-art security system” have been repeatedly delayed and that security remains “lax compared with Rome’s Colosseum or Jerusalem’s Western Wall, where visitors’ movements are tightly controlled.”