During the latest concert of the famous Lebanese music band, Mashrou’ Leila, some of the audience raised the rainbow flag (commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag) and that was when hell broke loose. Social media went crazy as usual.
The Syndicate of Musicians quickly issued a declaration clearing itself from supporting ‘such behaviours’, and stated that the organization of any musical event required the approval of three parties; the syndicate, the manpower and the public security. (Translation: Hey, it is not on us only.)
To add insult to injury, the deputy of the Syndicate of Musicians, Reza Ragab, declared that the syndicate decided to ban any upcoming concerts for “Mashrou’ Leila” (which is weird since the syndicate is not a repressive party). He stressed that such concerts would not be held in Egypt again.
We will have to say our Adieus to the Lebanese band until further notice.