(CNN) - Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, bemoaned the United Arab Emirates for taking pride in being more open to the West yet detaining an American over a parody video.
"They have a major NYU campus there, many American universities. They've got Google and Facebook offices. They're having the Rolling Stones come in February," she said on CNN's "New Day." "I figure if Mick Jagger can play Abu Dhabi, this guy shouldn't be in jail for putting a video up."
Shezanne Cassim, has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.