Rolf Buchholz, the world's most pierced man, claims he was denied entry to Dubai due to suspicions of "black magic" stemming from his many piercings. Buchholz currently holds the record for most piercings—453 in total. His various modifications include 278 piercings in or around his junk, horns implanted in his head and magnets in his fingertips.
He was supposed to appear at local nightclub Cirque le Soir, a favorite haunt of celebs like renowned Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, which, according to its website, boasts a veritable buffet of performers from stilt walkers to drummers to magicians.
Buchholz told the Associated Press that he was allowed entry to the emirate, but was stopped before exiting customs and brought to a room with other deportees. While no official statement from airport authorities have made this claim, Buchholz spoke to airport workers, who mentioned that authorities were concerned that he might be a "practitioner 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
When it came time for Buchholz, a normal man who is definitely not a warlock, to leave the airport after being denied entrance to a place that houses a nightclub that requests his presence, he had this to say:
"There were police at the plane, and I was not allowed to stop long enough so that people can see me. They told me that I should keep moving so that no one spots me."
Dubai is one of the more laid-back Islamic cities, and a playground for the vastly wealthy, but Islamic traditions and values still influence the day to day. Buchholz still hopes to return to Dubai one day. He told The National, "I think if people were a little more tolerant, then the world would be a better place. I hope there is a change in Dubai and the whole world, so that everyone can live in peace."
[image via AP]