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.

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