Elton banned from playing in Egypt

Updated: May 05, 2010, 17:10 PM IST

London: Veteran musician Elton John has been banned from performing in Egypt over his controversial remarks on treatment of homosexuals in Middle East.

The `Rocket Man` singer had the private show, scheduled for May 18, cancelled after his recent comments in which he claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man" and also spoken against Middle Eastern countries` treatment of gay people, Female first online reported.

Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt`s Musician Union said his country could not allow, "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" to perform.

Elton had also said, "I don`t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you`re as good as dead."

The 63-year-old musician was married to female music engineer Renate Blauel in 1984, but they divorced four years later and Elton soon came out as gay. He is now married to
filmmaker David Furnish.