Nancy Ajram Finds Herself in Hot Water Over Sweden Concert Pride Flag Ban
Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram faced online backlash following her performance in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 17, after her team had allegedly banned rainbow flags from the concert, which coincided with the city’s Europride celebrations [a pan-european LGBT pride annual event]. And while it is still not clear whether the decision stemmed from the artist herself or her management, the incident did not sit well with social media users and activists, who responded with heavy criticism of her anti-lgbt stance as others jumped to her defense. One of the starkest responses to the incident came from Mashrou’ Leila lead singer Hamed Sinno in a Facebook post featuring a picture of the singer with ‘when love jeopardizes the journey of an artist who sings for love’ as a tagline. “Meanwhile we played the festival opening, flags and all [smile emoji] this argument about “we can’t force her to support the issue when she has to play in the Middle East” is bullshit. We come from the same country: we tour in the same countries; solidarity is not about convenience,” his post read.