12 January 2010

Old News: Zahi Disses Beyonce

(Via Objects-Buildings-Situations)

I'm late to this one, I admit. Back in November, Zahi Hawass and Beyoncé did a photo op at the Pyramids together. He gave her a personal tour and a book about Tutankhamun, but she was insufficiently excited about the honor. So he made some snide comments about her behind her back, as Bossip reports:
In a shocking display of poor diplomacy, Egypt’s chief Egyptologist Zahi Hawass allegedly called American pop-star Beyonce a “stupid person” during her brief tour of the Giza pyramids earlier this week. Writing in al-Shorouk newspaper, Summer al-Gamal said that Hawass became fed up with the pop star’s attitude after she did not show the interest Hawass felt was deserved of the pyramids.
A meeting of great entertainers, for sure, complete with celebrity ego flameouts. Can I get a reality show with Zahi Hawass teaching some pop singers to excavate? We could call it "celebrity archaeology camp." I would pay money to see that for reals.

Besides the amazingness of seeing a photo of these two together, the reception of the event on the blogs is fascinating: his insult to Beyoncé became a segue into discussions of his bad temper and insults toward archaeologists (see here, here, and here). As if Beyoncé was somehow the last straw!


I wonder if Beyoncé is too busy with her occult rebirth to pay sufficient attention to archaeology?

Thanks to Kostis Kourelis' great blog for clueing me in to the story.


  1. Hey, Dan!

    Thanks for linking to my story (the middle "here" in "here, here, and here")!

    Unfortunately, the link doesn;t work, so I will add one here:


    I hope that is ok? I welcome all the traffic I can get, but having it link to a 404 page makes me look like a putz.

    I will also add Archeopop to my blogroll. Not all of my readers are stodgy old graverobber types.

  2. Thanks Keith and/or Shemsu! Link is fixed.

  3. hawass needs to be put out to pasture.

  4. As a general comment, check out Willow Smith's music video, "21st Century Girl." I'd be interested to hear what you think.

  5. Thanks, Clara. It's a cool video... I love the idea of pulling a skateboard out of the earth. Someday an archaeologist will probably do it!