Elton's Not Welcome in Egypt

Musicians complain about his "anti-religious sentiments.”

Elton’s Not Welcome in Egypt

Musicians complain about his “anti-religious sentiments.”

-Jane Farrell

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Because of Elton John’s controversial remarks about sexuality and Jesus, an Egyptian musicians’ union is moving to block a private performance by the superstar in their country. The announcement was made by Mounir al Wasimi, the head of the Egyptian Musicians’ Union.

Elton John’s performance had been arranged by a telecommunications company from the United Arab Emirates.

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Earlier this year, Elton, who is married to his partner David Furnish, said in an interview with Parade magazine that gays were not tolerated in the Middle East. “I don’t know what makes people so cruel,” he said. “Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.” He also said that Jesus was a “super-intelligent gay man.”

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, al Wasimi said he was outraged by the comments: “How do we allow a gay [to perform in Egypt] who wants to ban religions, claimed that the prophet Eissa [Jesus] was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to allow gays to have sexual freedom?”

He said his union had the authority to ban foreign musicians from performing in Egypt.

So far, there’s been no comment from Elton John. (CBC News)

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