Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Elton John Will Perform in Russia

Elton John has announced that he won't cancel a concert planned this December in Moscow, despite the homophobic climate and the Russian law banning gay propaganda.

The singer thinks that he have to go and perform in Russia for later this year, in order to support his LGBT fans who might be suffering "in an isolated situation".

Elton John has declared: "I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the antigay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go".

His decision to perform stands in contrast to another artists like Cher, who recently turned down an opportunity to perform in Sochi Olympics because of all the hatred to gays in Russia, or Wentworth Miller, who also rejected an invite to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival for the same reason.

In any case, different strategies but the same goal.


  1. By Safuwrah Moss:

    Save me the pity speech Elton John...pathetic

  2. I do not like Elton John. We have a far right news broadcaster in the USA named Rush Limbaugh. He is very anti gay and pro tea party. He has been called President Obama's biggest opponent in the USA. Elton took 1 million dollars from him three years ago to sing at his wedding in Florida. It was a controversy then, just as this is now. Elton has no scruples whatsoever when it comes to cash.

  3. By Paul Reedy JR:

    He's got munie. So I bet Elation has the Russian president played off. Russian Government is still cruped. Never well trust the Ruddion Gov. And I scratchy head in wounder about the U.S.Gov. One hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing.