Sir Elton John is no longer welcome in Egypt. The flamboyant music legend, 63, has been banned from performing in the nation after comments he made about Jesus Christ stirred controversy among Christians last February.
In a chat with Parade Magazine, the British rocker suggested Jesus was a “super-intelligent gay man” and took aim at the Middle East, stating, “Try being a gay woman in the Middle East – you’re as good as dead.”
Outspoken Elton’s comment about Christ’s sexuality infuriated several religious groups in the US — with The Catholic League of America publicly blasting the singer before demanding an apology. Now officials at Egypt’s Music Union have banned the famous gay from performing at an upcoming show, claiming he insulted Middle Easterners with his remarks.
Elton’s comments especially angered the head of the union, who pulled the plug on the star’s upcoming show. Elton had been scheduled to take the stage in a private Egyptian concert on May 18.
“How do we allow a gay 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 [to perform in Egypt]?” said Mounir al Wasimi.