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

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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. Elton is known to be one of the biggest ass kissers out there today. I lost all respect for him when he took the gig. STFU and retire. Did he at least donate the blood $$$ to an Aids charity?
    Btw: If you want to see the real Elton watch the doc Tantrums and Tiara's by his hubby...too funny and a bit sad.

    Posted by: Tagg | Jul 17, 2012 10:47:47 AM


  2. Elton can write a catchy musical phrase without trying. He has a lovely touch on the piano and a pretty voice. But zero brains.
    It's a mistake to expect celebrities to be educated. They're usually not, as shown by the Celebrity Jeopardy skit on SNL. That says it all.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Jul 17, 2012 10:54:35 AM


  3. Elton will anything for a cool million dollars.

    Posted by: Monrob | Jul 17, 2012 10:57:34 AM


  4. No, Rush Limbaugh is not really a homophobe. He just PLAYS one on the radio.

    Posted by: Chuck Anziulewicz | Jul 17, 2012 11:09:39 AM


  5. It's the public Rush that does harm to gays around the world. His anti-gay rants about marriage equality have hurt gay people everywhere and their rights. I don't care what the hell he writes to Sir Elton in private e-mails, it's the public rants that hurt gays around the world!

    Posted by: Jim Schnobrich | Jul 17, 2012 11:10:36 AM


  6. I guess Andy forgets that Sir Elton denied being gay for years and finally had to be dragged out of the closet kicking and screaming. Elton, like his god-daughter or whatever, Lady Gaga, use the LGBT community to line their pockets while living the pampered live of the 1%.. Elton John's attempt to justify playing Limbaugh's wedding is as shallow and callous as Melissa Etheridge meeting with Rick Warren. Why didn't Sir Elton donate that cool one million to LGBT causes? Elton John really is as much a hypocrite as Liberace and plays the piano about as well.

    Posted by: velocifero | Jul 17, 2012 11:10:45 AM


  7. You are right Rush can not be trusted as a part of the propaganda machine for the Christians to stir up people against gays. But we need to work together as a group us LGBT people to win marriage equality and all of our equal and civil rights and freedoms like others. There are Christians who want gays to attack gays and this is part of the Christian plan to destroy LGBT people in their war on gays. You know who the enemy is who is spending millions of dollars and that is the Catholics, Mormons and Evangelic antigay Christians who work to destroy gays. They are the target. Do not attack your fellow gay brothers and sister unless they are working for the antigay Christians. The CIA Christians are working to train antigay Christians on how to destroy their enemy (gays) by using psychological warfare. Antigay Christians use propaganda like Rush does to make gays look bad and turn people against the LGBT people who they say are their enemy.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 17, 2012 11:30:17 AM


  8. I don't care if Rush is nice to gay celebrities in his private life. What he says on the air is vile. Elton hasn't had to be a real person for a very long time, he really needs to get a dose of reality.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 17, 2012 11:55:02 AM


  9. Most of these comments are just STUPID!
    First read the damn book then think! Look how much he has done for the gay community as well as his art. Whether or not you or I like him personally.... he is a legend and a force of nature.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 17, 2012 12:01:04 PM


  10. Oh, good Lord, predictable responses that miss the point. Elton's point is that people can be changed, if you engage them. Will they all change right away and do an about-face? No. But if you don't engage people, you will never change them.

    Not long ago, almost the entire population was intensely homophobic. That only changed because we began to engage people and educate them and make them comfortable with us. If the attitude had been to just lash out at them, like those of you in this thread are doing, those that have changed would not ever have changed, either.

    We still need to make that effort with about half the population in the US and about 90% in the rest of the world. Some people are slower to change than others and require more effort than others, but if you don't change the vast majority, then we will continue to struggle mightily to gain real acceptance in society. And you won't change them solely by criticizing them and villifying them.

    Just common sense, which I know is a foreign concept to many of you.

    Elton was not defending Limbaugh's homophobia, only saying that he needs to bring his public persona into line with his private behavior.....as do a lot of people.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 17, 2012 12:01:53 PM


  11. "Oh, good Lord, predictable responses that miss the point. Elton's point is that people can be changed, if you engage them."

    You mean like the way you engage people here, by insulting them?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 17, 2012 12:36:22 PM


  12. that's like "Donald Trump isn't a racist, and he doesn't actually believe President Obama was born in Kenya, but he knows that if he says otherwise and continues to pander *to* racists then he makes money and earns supporters"

    it actually makes one worse. they know better, they just don't care.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 17, 2012 12:41:31 PM


  13. But what about Limbaugh's clear hatred of women Elton - you self-serving idiot.?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 17, 2012 12:41:40 PM


  14. "After he agreed to perform at Limbaugh's wedding in 2010, the two men bonded"

    Am I the only one here who thought that said "the two men boned" at first?

    Posted by: giantslor | Jul 17, 2012 12:49:46 PM


  15. Wait, wait, WAIT!

    Is Rick actually applauding Elton John, one of the most fey, costumed, non-straight acting men on the planet?

    Rick can't even keep his own bigotry consistent.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 17, 2012 1:00:09 PM


  16. Those two obese, bald, drug addicts deserve one another. They both make me sick.

    Posted by: shle896shle | Jul 17, 2012 1:00:45 PM


  17. If Rush really doesn't hate gay people but just says so on his radio show, that doesn't make him a good person. It just makes him a hypocrite.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jul 17, 2012 1:06:30 PM


  18. Elton, Please, Stop. Be quiet.

    I can't believe what he is saying.

    I was a long time fan of his music. No longer. I won't be buying or reading his book.

    Rush has done so much damage to this country. If he does not believe what he is saying on a daily basis then that is even worse than if he believes it and says it.
    Elton, please, what is wrong with you? Pick better friends.

    Posted by: Ron | Jul 17, 2012 1:16:33 PM


  19. Hey Elton--If Limbaugh isn't a hateful bigot, why did he choose Ken Hutcherson to officiate at his wedding. Rev. Hutcherson advocates the killing of gays in Africa!

    Posted by: dh | Jul 17, 2012 1:19:53 PM


  20. Save it Reggie -- just go count your millions.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jul 17, 2012 2:09:25 PM


  21. Elton repeatedly comes up with nonsense like this. His brain has clearly been damaged by his drug addiction.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 17, 2012 3:06:19 PM


  22. "Oh, good Lord, predictable responses that miss the point. Elton's point is that people can be changed, if you engage them. Will they all change right away and do an about-face?"


    But the point is that Rush hasn't changed. He has likely never truly believed all the horrendous things he says - and I've heard from others that he is a relatively decent person in his personal life - but it doesn't matter. Because it's our actions that define us to others, not what we truly believe. And Rush's actions have always been in service of himself (not inherently heinous) by demonizing others that are different from his audience (inherently heinous).

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 17, 2012 3:35:43 PM


  23. Just when I think it's safe to start liking Elton John again, he shows up in public with the oppressor's dirty bathwater running down his chin.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jul 17, 2012 3:52:29 PM


  24. Without running to Wikipedia (the bastion for all that is true), or some liberal website, can any of you cite homophobic things Rush has said off the top of your head? Doubtful, because I bet not one of you has ever listened to more than a soundbite that Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann played on their show. You hate Rush because you've been told to hate Rush, not because you can substantiate your claims with anything factual. So much of what comes out of Rush's piehole is farce and satire, and if you take everything he says seriously, then shame on you.

    Posted by: Turd Fergussen | Jul 17, 2012 5:18:21 PM


  25. Elton is FUBAR - on the inside as well as the outside. How much more money do you need. Disgusting.

    Posted by: marks | Jul 17, 2012 5:47:49 PM


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