Neither Beyonce’s fame, fortune, nor supposed Illuminati connections could gain her access to Egypt’s Great Pyramids at Giza without the blessing of world reknown Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass.
As Egypt’s former minister of State Antiquities and gatekeeper to the Great Pyramids, his brusque and adventure-seeking personality earned him moniker “Egypt’s Indiana Jones” but now, in the States at least, Hawass will be known as the man who banned Beyonce from the Great Pyramids.
Hawass reveals that he prevented the super-star from taking part in a tour of the pyramids after she kept him waiting and refused to apologize.
“She said she would come at 3pm but she came late. I said ‘You have to say I’m sorry I’m late’. But she didn’t open her mouth,” continued Dr. Hawass, credited with modernising the management of Egypt’s ancient sites and repatriating 6,000 artifacts “stolen” by Western powers.
“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, who lost his position during the 2011 Egypt uprising, admits he’s made enemies. While visiting London to present his latest DNA examination of the pharaohs in a book, Discovering Tutankhamun, he told the interviewers”People attack me because I am famous. When I took President Obama to Giza, the camel driver recognised me and he asked ‘But who is the friend of Hawass?’ When I gave a lecture at your Dome of the Millennium 1,700 came to hear me. Bill Clinton got 700.”
The US Justice Department reportedly launched an investigation into his $200,000 role as National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence, which helped secure the Washington-based organisation favourable access to the pyramids and Tutankhamun treasures. He has also been accused of corruption over the alleged smuggling of antiquities.
In 2010, Hawass starred in a History Channel reality show called Chasing Mummies.
Ayesha is a writer, dancer, and the founder of WomenLovePower.com, a tech-enabled brand that provides resources on charm, seduction, sacred sexuality, and feminine warfare. A self-confessed afromantic, Ayesha's first love is romantic fiction and poetry. When away from her keyboard, she enjoys New Jack Swing throwbacks, 90's sitcoms, running, sleep, and Cabernet.
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