I’m supposed to be going to Moscow in December. 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.”
— Rocketman and windswept candle-lighter Elton John speaking to The Guardian about his obligation to perform in Moscow later this year, despite Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay propaganda law. Earlier this year, John was warned not to wear his usual get-ups as they would constitute “homosexual propaganda” — but in all fairness, Elton John simply existing constitutes homosexual propaganda.