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The irony cuts like a knife: Bryan Adams boycotts Mississippi, just performed in Egypt

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By Doug Powers  •  April 12, 2016 09:00 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The people of Mississippi will have to endure some hardship this week — no Bryan Adams concert in Biloxi:

Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns.
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Adams, who was set to perform on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, called the state’s measure “extremely discriminatory.”

“I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” Adams wrote on his website.

Is that so? The following isn’t from the summer of ’69, but rather last month:

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That photo was taken during a performance in the world’s most accepting nation when it comes to LGBT rights: Egypt.

Some headlines from the past couple of years:

  • Mass arrests of LGBT in Egypt
  • How distaste of LGBT people in Egypt has turned into state-sponsored persecution
  • Living in fear: Egypt’s gay community
  • But anyway, back to how unfair Mississippi is!

    In any case, the Egypt tourism board probably appreciates Adams shining a positive light on their country:

    International musician Bryan Adams followed in the footsteps of actor Morgan Freeman, composer Yanni and many others who came to Egypt in order to perform and promote tourism to the country.

    A few years ago Adams performed in the United Arab Emirates’ totally pro-human rights sheikhdom of Dubai:

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    **Written by Doug Powers

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