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Sir Elton John is one of the most outspoken celebrities out there, often courting controversy with his blunt remarks. And the openly gay singer has been quite vocal in his defense of gay rights, which is why many people were left scratching their heads after John agreed to perform at Rush Limbaugh‘s wedding back in June.
Conservative radio host Limbaugh has faced frequent accusations of homophobia, most recently after remarks he made about openly gay Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank.
Elton spoke about his decision to play the Limbaugh nuptials in today’s Daily Telegraph:
‘When he asked me to play at his wedding, my agent said, “‘Well, of course you won’t be doing it,’” Elton says. “But I said, ‘Well, let me think about that first.’”
Limbaugh, he says, is against gay marriage – “But then so is President Obama. But Limbaugh’s not anti-civil partnerships, so maybe I can have a dialogue about that. I’ve put my foot in the water and so has he. I got on with him very well, got on very well with his wife. I don’t have the same politics, but that doesn’t really matter. And I think this year I can start to put things in motion by trying to get him on my side.”
It has been reported that John pocketed $1 million for the gig.
“Elton John said in the papers (in an interview on Tuesday)… he said that these shows don’t produce stars.
“Well Elton if you’re not watching, I’m going to send you this tape and you can take back what you said.” …
“The truth is Elton’s watching the show every week.
“What he’s slightly missing the point on, and you always hear this resentment from bigger artists nowadays… they don’t like the fact a show can make an artist. I always say to these people who criticize – why don’t you spend some time with new artists.
“If Elton feels that strongly about it then my message to him is: “You show me how to do it.”
Whose side are you on, Simon’s or Elton’s?
by Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.