This story might not be true but it certainly FEELS true. It feels like this story got the essence of Beyonce. Considering that Beyonce acknowledges that she has a complete, working archive of all things Beyonce, plus archivists, “visual directors” and photographers on call to document her every pose, expression, thought, movement and empowered fart. So what happens when Beyonce visits one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids at Giza, in Egypt? Beyonce thought she could control the situation (allegedly), and she ended up being banned!
She may be one of the most famous people on the planet, but Beyonce was no match for Egypt’s “Indiana Jones”.
The singer was stopped from seeing the Pyramids because she kept renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass waiting and refused to apologize, he has revealed.
“Most people I take on tours are very nice and we become friends. But this lady…,” Hawass, the former Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities, told The Independent newspaper.
“She said she would come at 3 p.m. but she came late. I said ‘You have to say I’m sorry I’m late’. But she didn’t open her mouth. I brought a photographer and she also had a photographer and a guard. When my photographer started to shoot, he said ‘No, Stop! I am the one who says yes or no, not you.’ I said ‘In that case since you almost hit my photographer and you are not polite — out! I am not giving you the privilege of having you on my tour.’ I said Beyoncé was stupid and I left,” he told the newspaper. Hawass lost his job during the uprising in Egypt in 2011.
He has been accused of corruption over the alleged smuggling of antiquities.
A lot of people have been accused of antiquities smuggling over the past ten years especially. Maybe he’s guilty of it, maybe not. I have no idea. But the Iraq War plus the Syrian civil war plus about a million other conflicts have meant a boon in antiquities smuggling in the past decade. As for the Beyonce story… it just feels truthy. I can see Beyonce trying to dictate her terms to the peasants while visiting one of the most famous historical sites in the world.
Photos courtesy of Beyonce’s Tumblr.