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Rush Limbaugh Not Really Anti-Gay, Elton John Insists: VIDEO


Elton John provoked a lot of anger when he played for Rush Limbaugh's wedding in June 2010. He insists that Limbaugh's anti-gay persona is just a farce, according to a new interview in USA Today.

Rush_eltonJohn's hope of eroding stigmas has led him into some deeply unlikely alliances. After he agreed to perform at Limbaugh's wedding in 2010, the two men bonded over music and formed a friendship, despite Limbaugh's conservative views.

"He sends me the loveliest e-mails," John says. "What I get from Rush privately and what I get from Rush publicly are two different things. I'm just trying to break him down."

Elton is publicizing a new book, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. He's doing an interview with Matt Lauer this morning on Today, which I'll add to this post when the video shows up.

UPDATE: Lauer's interview with Elton, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Shut up Elton.

    Posted by: Paulie | Jul 17, 2012 9:52:33 AM

  2. So he's not *really* anti-gay, he just deliberately invokes and stirs up homophobia because his audience likes it and it serves his political agenda? And that's supposed to make him better?

    Posted by: Fodolodo | Jul 17, 2012 9:56:00 AM

  3. ""What I get from Rush privately and what I get from Rush publicly are two different things. I'm just trying to break him down.""

    I think almost everyone realizes that Rush doesn't believe a tenth of what he says. That doesn't lessen the damage done by him saying it.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 17, 2012 10:03:39 AM

  4. Yes, just a farce, and ignore all the other homophobic, misogynistic garbage. Sad, Elton.

    Posted by: Butch | Jul 17, 2012 10:04:14 AM

  5. Rush may seem nice when he pays you 1 million dollars to play at his wedding, but his commentary on his show is very anti-gay, and that is where it counts.
    Rush is anti-gay and anti-American

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 17, 2012 10:07:22 AM

  6. Elton John Not Really Bisexual.

    How's your ex-wife doing these days Reg?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 17, 2012 10:08:58 AM

  7. I am reminded of the old saying that "a faggot is the gay man who just left the room."

    Limbaugh cannot be trusted. I don't care how much money you have.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jul 17, 2012 10:09:14 AM

  8. And Hitler was only kidding.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 17, 2012 10:10:35 AM

  9. Thanks, Elton.

    You're saying Rush is never willing to pull the trigger, only willing to provide the ammunition and motive to anyone derpy enough to listen to his daily garbage.

    That should make people dislike him more, not less.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jul 17, 2012 10:11:50 AM

  10. Actually, Elton is probably right. I wouldn't doubt that Limbaugh is gay himself. If you look at his background and 'lifestyle' it looks quite possible to me.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 17, 2012 10:14:54 AM

  11. I guess its easier to love someone when they pay you one million dollars to sing at their wedding. Yeah, all you need is 'love'.

    Posted by: Drew Boo | Jul 17, 2012 10:19:10 AM

  12. Couldn't Elton consider the possibility that Rush is just a two-faced hypocrite?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 17, 2012 10:19:37 AM

  13. Rich b!tch exemption?

    Posted by: Gus | Jul 17, 2012 10:20:23 AM

  14. Rich people say the darndest things!

    Posted by: homer | Jul 17, 2012 10:24:22 AM

  15. I don't care what he does in his private life.

    I care about his attempt to shape American policy.

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Jul 17, 2012 10:25:00 AM

  16. Gay topics rarely come up on Rush's show, but he's not publicly helping our cause. Rather the opposite. I think EJ might be calling him a hypocrite on a certain level though, which is fair.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 17, 2012 10:25:16 AM

  17. This says as much about Elton John as it does about Rush. A pox on them both.

    Posted by: TC | Jul 17, 2012 10:26:40 AM

  18. I'll never forget hearing Limbaugh, at the height of the AIDS crisis, referring to people with AIDS as "those about to assume room temperature". But because he writes *lovely emails* to Elton John, he who is so devoted to curing AIDS and caring for those infected, overlooks Limbaugh's awfulness. But if you're merely a Taiwanese photographer, Elton considers you a *rude, vile pig*.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 17, 2012 10:29:40 AM

  19. Ummm, if Rush isn't actually anti-gay but just uses that as a means to boost his ratings with his moronic listeners then that is actually WORSE than being anti-gay. Elton, you aren't doing yourself or Rush any favors here.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 17, 2012 10:30:30 AM

  20. Elton John is not really bright.

    Posted by: Louis | Jul 17, 2012 10:33:20 AM

  21. Just like Roy Cohn, Ratbastard.

    And you.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 17, 2012 10:36:48 AM

  22. IF you can get past your hurt, you children, you could pick up on the bigger point here. Rush Limbaugh isn't anti-gay, in fact he likes gay people. It's all a bunch of crap to get money, It always has been. And it's not just him, Lots of our opponents just do it for popularity. It's important to know when you take these people down.

    Elton should however shut the hell up, You aren't changing anybody, you are just being annoying.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 17, 2012 10:37:37 AM

  23. Reg -just shut up-your profound ignorance and dismissal of the poison and harm this drug-addicted harpy has inflicted on his listeners is appalling.

    Posted by: nick | Jul 17, 2012 10:38:20 AM

  24. Elton John is no friend to anyone but Elton John.

    Posted by: doug | Jul 17, 2012 10:40:49 AM

  25. So Limbaugh chose to hide his true beliefs and create a racist, sexist, and homophobic public persona to cash in? That just means we can add hypocrisy to his roster of despicable character traits, along with drug addict, corporate shill and liar.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Jul 17, 2012 10:42:44 AM

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