The Lebanese forces expressed support yesterday to the Maronite archbishop Jbeil and the Catholic Information Center, both of which called for the abolition of the pop group Mashrou & # 39; Leila. The group is scheduled to perform at the Byblos festival on Friday, August 9th, and the controversy surrounding the singer's homosexuality and the supposed attack on Christian faith threatens the concert.
In a statement released yesterday, Jbeil County within the LF warned that "the Maronite archbishop Jbeil issued a statement on 22 July on the Masro group" Leila and the concert that was to be delivered to Byblos Festival, as well as his opposition to several songs of the formation. The Catholic Information Center issued a message on the same topic and adopted the same position. "According to these two messages, the Jbeil FL district calls on to take into account their content and invites the people concerned, especially at Byblos, to participate in the invitation of the Archdiocese and the Catholic Center," information, "concludes the statement. they clearly do not claim to call for the end of the Mashrou & # 39; Leila concert.
The controversy began a few days ago on social networks when the group of free patriotic currencies Naji Hayek publicly threatened the group in a joint message on Facebook, which it then erased. Among the Internet users who advocated Mashrou Leilo and others who attacked a hate speech group, there have been numerous sharp exchanges.
It seems that the sexual orientation of the open gay singer, Hamed Sinna, and the article that he shared on social networks, showed that Madonna singer replaces Virgin Mary with Russian or Byzantine icons. in some circles of anger or disapproval. The same is true of one of the group's titles, Djin (2015), that some accuse them of jeopardizing Christianity and promoting occultism.
Latifé Lakkis, chairman of the board for the Byblos festival, said the committee will meet early next week and decide on disputes. The Committee also asked for a meeting with the Maronian Bishop Jbeil, Bishop Michel Aoun. Naji Baz, producer of the festival, told OLJ that the festival team is trying to make the concert. Members of Jbeil Ziad Hawat (FL) and Simon Abiramia (CPL) were not available for comment.
In a statement published last day, Mashra Leyla, who celebrated her tenth anniversary this year, said she was surprised by the campaign against him. "Mashrou" Leila has recently been on an international tour. So we were pleased that we were invited to drive to our country. We do not understand these protests in relation to one of our songs, which does not harm anyone (…) Our goal is to create art, to emphasize humanitarian reasons and to raise the name of Lebanon with all due respect to religions and their symbols, "the group explained.
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