– What followed was the most aggressively homophobic media frenzy we’ve ever witnessed.State sponsored news outlets and various independent outlets alike, took the opportunity to publish vile articles promoting hate speech and dividing the Egyptian community, while repeatedly publishing false news about the band and about non-normative sexualities, with inflammatory headlines. "We have killed our women." "And your sisters, they are circumcised too? Some of them try to act; they say Ooooh, ahhhh, oooh. I am sure, however, that they too say, 'oooh, ahhh, ahhh." Mike dropped me off at my hotel, first telling me about an Australian girl he had met two months ago, with whom he had had the opportunity to spend the night. And they just do it to care for their husband, and it only lasts two minutes.The line-up included another Jordanian band, and an Egyptian local band.– A couple of audience members raised rainbow flags during the concert." "Mike", my driver in Luxor, leaned forward and gazed sincerely in my eyes. They have sex for two minutes, just to relieve themselves, and the women lie like boards.
The state is currently rounding up kids and violating their bodies.This is not a time for silence, nor is it a time for condescendingly discussing identity politics. We call on cultural producers, musicians, and activists, inside and outside Egypt, to express their solidarity with the Egyptian community during this horrible time.This is no longer something any of us can afford to ignore.We urge the Egyptian press to wake up to the catastrophe that they’ve generated and take responsibility for the inflammatory lies that they’ve published over the last 10 days.We denounce the hate speech that has been adopted by both the state and the media.