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Anti-Gay Russian Parents Group Calls on Putin to Cancel Elton John's Pro-'Sodomite' Concert

An anti-gay Russian parents group is calling on President Vladimir Putin to bring the hammer down on Elton John, Reuters reports:

JohnIn an open letter to Putin, the local parents' group in central Ural region was reported by media as saying: "The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children."

...The parents' committee was unavailable for comment despite repeated phone calls.

Elton recently said that he would go to Russia to perform rather than boycott the country:

"I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December," he says. "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 anti-gay 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."

He later added that he would rather speak to Russian leaders than attack them from the stage:

"You can make a statement and you can read it from the stage, but it would be nice, and it would be much more fulfilling to try and meet with people in Moscow and say, 'Listen, this is just, you know, this is silly. It's a reactionary knee-jerk thing. It's harming your reputation in the rest of the world. It's not doing you any good. There has to be some discussion here. What you're doing is outrageous.' [Pauses.] They can tell me to go to hell. I've gotta do it diplomatically, but I'm going to say what I think and what I feel."

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  1. Oh, Elton. You really thought they'd accept you, didn't you? You freaking Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Sep 25, 2013 8:14:25 AM


  2. This is why he's going, you moron.

    Posted by: Duke | Sep 25, 2013 8:27:03 AM


  3. I don't wish the old whore ill or anything, but maybe this will be a wake up call.

    Posted by: Lymis | Sep 25, 2013 8:31:35 AM


  4. it would be simply too perfect if he was refused a visa, or his concert cancelled.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 25, 2013 8:49:28 AM


  5. I know this isn't the main point of the article, but I just have to say: How horrible it must be for the children -- gay or straight -- who are being raised by parents who are so filled with hate that they have felt the need to join an anti-gay parents group. The group meetings must be a festival of nastiness.

    Posted by: kit | Sep 25, 2013 8:52:32 AM


  6. Kit, it's probably a lot like the Salem with trials - you join in or you become an outcastor worse.

    Posted by: Dan Mc | Sep 25, 2013 8:55:27 AM


  7. "Parents" belong in quotation marks. These are just Neonazi groups who pretend to be parents.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 25, 2013 9:10:54 AM


  8. The "parents group" sounds like a lot of our Evangelical Christians, don't they?

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 25, 2013 9:23:34 AM


  9. I just don't get the hate for what he's doing. So what if he says he's not playing Russia. The story dies and the gays there are no better off than they were yesterday. Just like Cher supposedly said. "I'm not going." Well, thanks Cher. I'm sure the Russian gay will read your Twitter all day and take comfort.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 25, 2013 9:27:48 AM


  10. (Calling out Putin)

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Sep 25, 2013 9:50:29 AM


  11. This is all the more reason why Elton John needs to go over to Russia and perform there - to prove that gays can move around and exist in a free world just like everyone else.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 25, 2013 10:17:27 AM


  12. Cher got it right when she told the CBS Sunday Morning reporter she refused to go to Russia to perform because it "crossed the gay line."

    But Elton John has bills to pay.

    His creepy boyfriend, the two adopted kids and property taxes on homes in the UK, New York and California, all cost lots of $$$.

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 25, 2013 10:24:03 AM


  13. I pity any gay who tries to attend an Elton concert in Russia, They will be waiting for the gays with baseball bats.

    There are precedents to guide us through this play/don't play question.

    Musicians playing in Sun City South Africa did nothing to end the Apartheid regime there.....they helped perpetuate it and give it international tolerance ( eg Thatcher).

    Similarly playing in Russia gives the anti gay regime equal international acceptance.....
    The issue is perfectly clear ; Elton John must not play in Russia, his playing there would be supporting a homophobic regime and giving it legitimacy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 25, 2013 10:46:19 AM


  14. Oh, do they get the CBS Sunday show in Moscow? How brave of Cher. Was she remote from Malibu?

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 25, 2013 10:49:48 AM


  15. Christopher, Elton also has homes in Venice and Sydney. I've seen both of those, well from the outside. Just makes you MAD doesn't it?

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 25, 2013 10:52:46 AM


  16. People like Christopher and Jackfkntwist are unreal. Where was all the outrage on gay blogs about Madonna playing Russia? She took Russian money too and if anyone in pop music is a money whore, it's that dreary woman from Detroit. Oooohhhhh....she wore something on her back that was anit-Russian that if you blinked you missed it, that's SO EDGY.

    And Cher doesn't have bills to pay for her lavish lifestyle? Then why is she doing her, what?, third tour since she fleeced her fans with the "Farewell Tour" thing?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Sep 25, 2013 10:56:43 AM


  17. I think it is equally valid to go...as long as you are willing to speak out against the policy (and yes reading a statement from the stage and using your global fame to meet with lawmakers and personally argue your cause)...as it is to refuse to go. In fact going and not being 100% silent when you are a known, out celebrity may even be riskier. What if he is arrested or abused there will people here cheer and mock him and saybhe shouldn't have gone in the first place? Probably, but it will make the story relevant and front page news, raising the profile of the issue in the rest of the world in a way a one-sentence headline "Gay artist will not play Russia until gay law repealed" could never do.

    He is saying he must go and he must speak out while he is there, and he is saying he will do it through dialogue from the pulpit of his fame. Just because he is not rippping up a picture of Putin on stage doesn't mean its not risky for a known gay man to go to Russia and refuse to be quiet.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Sep 25, 2013 10:58:49 AM


  18. "Cher got it right when she told the CBS Sunday Morning reporter she refused to go to Russia to perform because it "crossed the gay line."

    Cher performed for an audience of the Emir of Qatar, Tony and Cherie Blair, and Bob Geldof in Doha where homosexuality is punished by years of prison.

    Posted by: goodgrief | Sep 25, 2013 11:09:43 AM


  19. He's an openly gay icon. He must go. He'd be breaking the law simply by showing up being a gay married man with children. That in itself is pro-gay propaganda.

    Posted by: Alexander | Sep 25, 2013 1:23:07 PM


  20. No, Alexander, simply being a married gay man with children who shuts his mouth is not pro-gay propaganda. It's submission and cooperation.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 25, 2013 2:16:53 PM


  21. Randy, Elton never said he's going to shut his mouth in Russia. Quite the opposite, actually "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."

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 25, 2013 2:26:04 PM


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