Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Gaiety and Offence
Isn't it funny. I was going to write a satirical piece about Elton John having been banned from performing in Egypt, but the whole system crashed on sending, returning me with a blank page... perhaps something is telling me that I ought to tone it down a bit. Slobodan Milosevic, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sun Myung Moon have all been refused entry to the UK along (laughably) with Don Francisco, the Christian singer who, it was alleged, lied at the airport when he told them he was performing for free, so as personae non grata go, he's in good company. My own small claim to fame is that I used to play in his backing band. Mr John's strong, well-publicised opinions match the strength of his voice, but are sometimes a bit less melodious to heterosexual ears. I wanted to link this story to a missing passage in Mark 10:46, which Clement of Alexandria described as the "Secret Gospel of Mark" which could allege, dependent on interpretation, that Jesus was gay. In brief, the disciples arrived in Jericho, then left in the same verse, suggesting missing narrative. Morton Smith, a professor at Columbia discovered a copy of a manuscript in 1958, in a monastery near Jerusalem which might fill in the gaps. Everybody's banged on about this for years, but speculation, like advice, is usually free of charge. The image is by two gay French artists Pierre et Gilles, which could offend.