Saturday, May 18, 2024

Elton John Says He Will Not Boycott Russia Despite Putin’s Latest Crazy Anti-Gay Stance

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From Sir Elton John’s Facebook page this morning:

Many artists have decided to boycott Russia on their recent tours. Last night in St. Petersburg, Russia, Elton made this statement from stage during the show:

“I’m not big on technology, but I love my iPad! They’re amazing, aren’t they? They way they can connect us to the things and people we love….

How dignified that St. Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple.

But last week it was labeled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and taken down!

Can this be true? Steve’s memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay?! Does that also make iPads gay propaganda?! Is Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music ‘sexually perverting’?!

As a gay man, I’ve always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans – men and women who fell in love dancing to ’Nikita’ or their kids who sing along to ‘Circle of Life’ – mean the world to me.

If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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