Elton John Banned from Performing in Egypt

Elton John Banned from Performing in Egypt
British music icon Elton John is being refused entry into Egypt to play a planned private show for what Egyptian authorities are calling his "anti-religious sentiments." If you aren't sure what that means, you could read it this way: "he's gay."

As the New York Post reports, the 63-year-old singer-songwriter, long out of the closet, was barred from playing his private May 18 performance by the head of Egypt's musician union.

"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," union head Mounir al Wasimi told German press agency DPA.

John sparked some of this controversy back in February, when the singer derided the Middle East for its homosexual intolerance. "I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead," Sir Elton told Parade magazine.

In that same interview, he also claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man" who "understood human problems."

Not exactly the way to rub Middle Eastern authorities the right way.

According to al Wasimi, the musician union is the only organization "authorized to allow performances by foreign singers in Egypt," so it looks like those hoping for a Sir Elton performance might be out of luck.