The cancellation of Elton John's May's concert in
Raising public debate over the authority of state institutions to have power over the arts; a lot of people were convinced that Elton shouldn’t be performing in Egypt as he claimed candidly that he was gay and not only this, but he also said in an interview in Parade Magazine that received harsh criticism from both Christians and civil society groups that he thought Jesus was "a super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems". He also referred to the tribulations gay people face in the Middle East and he pointed out that gay women in the
“How could we allow a gay man, who wants to ban religions, and who claimed that the Prophet Eissa was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to legalize homosexuality, to perform in Egypt,” said Mounir Al-Wasimi, head of the Musicians’ Union, the body with the authority to allow or ban foreign artists from performing in Egypt.
Not only Elton has been under fire in the
Brian Whitaker, author of “Unspeakable Love”, a book about dealing the state of homosexuals in the Middle East, wrote in the Guardian on May 4 that he thinks that all societies have rules, " In Arab countries, regulation is still very much focused on ‘morality’ and ensuring compliance with the expected norms of personal behavior. The enthusiasm for banning things is also part of the concept of a properly ordered society that prevails in
"We categorically reject the appearance of this singer because there is a risk of encouraging homosexuality in