A Danish photographer’s pyramid scheme has collapsed as Egyptian authorities have tracked down his accomplices.
The investigation began soon after photographer Andreas Hvid uploaded a video of himself and a female partner climbing the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza.
Trespassing upon and scaling the historic site is illegal in and of itself, but the duo took things even further by posing topless and nude – and even simulating sexual acts – atop the ancient pyramid. All of it photographed, filmed, and uploaded for the whole world to see.
Khaled Al-Anani, the country’s minister of antiquities, stressed that climbing the pyramid is strictly forbidden, and described Hvid’s video as a “violation of public morality”.
Many Egyptian netizens took to social media to voice their outrage.
“A 7,000-year-old civilization has turned into a bed sheet,” one user in Egypt commented.
Since then, Egyptian authorities have arrested a camel driver and a woman accused of helping the two Danes in avoid detection to pull off the photoshoot.
As they await trial, the young photographer at the center of the scandal is safe and sound in his home country.
“For many years I had dreamed of climbing the Great Pyramid,” he said in an interview with a Danish newspaper, “The idea of making a ‘nude shoot’ up there had also existed for some time.”
Well, that’s one less thing to cross off the bucket list.