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As a British-born woman of Middle Eastern descent, I find this attitude is both tiresome and disempowering.

But as Grenfell Tower has taught us, the Saudis don’t have a monopoly on social injustice.

Another troubling subtext to the Jameel backlash is the people tweeting that Rihanna shouldn’t date an Arab man because he’ll never marry an openly sexual woman like her.

Saudi Arabia isn’t the only nation to mistreat women – misogyny has no borders, colour or creed.

And as a survivor of domestic violence – committed at the hands of an American man, Chris Brown, not a Saudi – Rihanna knows this only too well.

The criticism of Jameel also smacks of what the late, great Edward Said correctly defined as orientalism – the West’s patronising attitude towards cultures different to our own.

When we thought that Jameel was a Spanish footballer, we applauded him: but when we thought that Rihanna was dating a Middle Eastern man – an Arab, no less – we condemned her, implying that Arab men can’t respect women, only Western men do.

Which is why the racist response to Jameel’s ethnic origin has been particularly painful to see.