Cancel your plane ticket, Sir. He was supposed to play a private show in Egypt on May 18, but now Elton John’s gig is a no-go due to his recent controversial statements published in PARADE.
As you most likely recall, Elton started off by calling Jesus a “super-intelligent gay man”. Jesus, or Issa, is considered a prophet in Islam. He also criticized the Middle Eastern treatment of gay people stating, “I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East – you’re as good as dead.”
In response to both the statements and the concert ban, Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, said: “A homosexual who wants to ban religions, claimed that the prophet Issa (Jesus) was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to allow gays to have sexual freedom cannot perform.”
Even without making a controversial statement, Elton has made official’s feel antsy in the past. His appearance at the Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago a couple of years ago got the Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago, Philip Isaac, all hot under the collar. He suggested the singer and anti-Aids activist should be banned because “a man should not lie with a man” and “his visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle.” [Photo: WireImage]