12 months Lebanon cancels gig by gay-friendly band for fear of ‘bloodshed’ MB |Ent
BEIRUT – A top Lebanese music festival Tuesday canceled for security reasons a concert by a band accused of offending Christians, in a move activists decried as an attack on freedom of expression. Mashrou’ Leila, whose singer is openly gay and whose outspoken Arabic lyrics tackle often taboo social issues, sparked controversy in Lebanon in July. Lebanese clerics called for the indie band to cancel their Aug. 9 performance at the summer festival in the seaside resort of Byblos, charging that two of their songs — titled “Idols” and “Djin” — were offensive to Christians. (FILES) In this file photo ... more