Indonesian actress Raline Shah has been spending time in Dubai for a few weeks now, and has been sharing photos and videos from her time there on social media. However, one recent photo of hers attracted much confusion and scrutiny among her followers, who falsely thought she was wearing shoes inside a mosque.
The 36-year-old actress took to Instagram to post a photo of her wearing a green-white long dress and a pair of nude-colored high-heeled sandals, posing in a hallway that had a typical Middle Eastern design and ornaments.
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Raline geo-tagged the photo to the iconic Burj Al Arab luxury hotel, which is well-known for its sail design. The hotel, which is one of the tallest hotels in the world, stands on an artificial island off Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach.
Falsely equating Middle Eastern interior design with that of mosques, many netizens accused Raline of wearing her heels inside an Islamic house of worship and demanded some sort of apology from her.
“Why didn’t you take off your shoes?” one commenter wrote, while another tried to lecture her by saying, “Apologies, why couldn’t you take off your shoes, it’s a pity because Raline is beautiful inside and out.”
Thankfully, some came to Raline’s defense.
“This is the Burj Al Arab hotel, netizens, it’s just the interior that makes it look like it’s a mosque. Kind netizens, you should’ve checked on Google before commenting especially [going as far as] bullying [Raline],” one comment reads.
In the critics’ defense, the concern about wearing shoes in a mosque is not completely unfounded, as one must remove their footwear when entering an Islamic place of worship to keep the surface clean for prayer. Yet hoping for netizens to do their due diligence before commenting on social media is probably asking too much.