The world's most pierced man says he was not allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates because of his appearance and suspicion that he was involved in "black magic."
Rolf Buchholz, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for his 453 piercings on his body and has horns implanted into his head, was attempting to enter the UAE to perform at the Cirque Le Soir nightclub at Dubai’s Fairmont Hotel on Friday.
Buchholz said never got an official explanation as to why he was denied entry, but he tweeted that he told he was suspected of "black magic."
At the end I got an answer why I can't enter Dubai: The Immigration thought I am Black Magic. Stupid people.— Rolf Buchholz (@rolf_de) August 16, 2014
Although Buchholz got past passport control, he was stopped where carry-on luggage was scanned where authorities took his passport which wasn't returned to him until he was back in Germany.
The Cirque le Soir nightclub also seemed at a loss for a rational explanation.
Guinness World Record winner Rolf Buccholz did not make it out of the airport. Maybe he did not pack right. pic.twitter.com/R8noxmzQjI— Cirque le Soir Dubai (@Cirquelesoirdxb) August 15, 2014
"I have two horns. I think that was also a problem for me in Dubai," said Buchholz.
“I hope I can enter Dubai again and meet all the people, but at the moment I don’t see when and how it can happen,” Buchholz told The National. “I think if people were a little more tolerant, then the world would be a better place."
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