— 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.
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.”