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Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay people to promote understanding

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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NEW YORK — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is volunteering to introduce Russian President Vladimir Putin to gay Russians to help promote understanding.

John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country’s harsh new anti-gay law.

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Passed last year, the so-called “gay propaganda” law bans promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

John said Wednesday that he visited Russia in December concerned that the new law would affect how he was treated as “an openly gay foreigner.” He says he received a warm welcome.

But if foreign visitors are unaffected by the law, John says it has legitimized “vicious homophobia” against gay Russians.

John calls the legislation “deeply dangerous” to the gay and lesbian community, and “deeply divisive” to Russian society.

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64 more reader comments:

  1. AWESOME!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:21pm
  2. putin is as gay as they come..just get him to come out of the closet love !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:22pm
  3. this idea is far too advanced for putin.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:22pm
  4. Wouldn’t that be considered “promoting non-traditional sexuality” which is illegal???

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:22pm
  5. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:22pm
  6. he’s bitchier than all gays and russians combined. not a good fit for the role.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:26pm
  7. GO ELTON!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:26pm
  8. Elton John and Lady Gaga are two of my most favorite people. They give such a powerful voice to the LGBT people around the world who are so afraid of their own government and communities to say anything. God bless you Elton.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:26pm
  9. OH, THAT OUGHTA WORK….NOT!!!! MAINTAIN YOUR DIGNITY AND SELF RESPECT AND STAY IN ENGLAND, ROCKET MAN!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:27pm
  10. Good luck with that Elton ! Liken to Offering Up Hitler another precious soul for his ‘final solution!’ death camp! There’s a much bigger picture Elton your simply Not seeing ! Putin like to Hitler needs scapegoats for his propaganda machine …. ;o(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:27pm
  11. I just love him!!!! :-)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:28pm
  12. You can’t talk sense into those filthy savages.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:28pm
  13. good idea.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:28pm
  14. this is actually a good idea.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:28pm
  15. Elton, just shut up already you overzealous pompus ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:29pm
  16. Putin is just a staunch, conservative, closed minded, stick in the ass, old bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:29pm
  17. Agreed. Did you see this? Ridicu! http://www.towleroad.com/2014/01/matalin.html

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:48pm
  18. This comment. Yeah, and all of my Jewish friends though Hitler was sportin a rockin mustache too.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:49pm
  19. Elton is a sell-out!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
  20. he is an adult and a hater its too olate

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
  21. Way too many fools confuse Gays with pedophiles!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
  22. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
  23. Awesome, hope he is able to do it

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:31pm
  24. Sure , Putin needs to come out

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:31pm
  25. Didn’t Sir Elton also do both Rush Limbaugh’s wedding in America and apartheid-era Sun City resort in South Africa? This would be in the same “quisling” type of work.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:33pm
  26. Putin already knows… He’s the creepy one. http://youtu.be/Jx3m5nFpRcQ

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:35pm
  27. OMG! YES, PLEASE!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:37pm
  28. Didn’t Elton John also perform at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:38pm
  29. sir elton, being the bigger person does not work with schoolyard bullies.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:39pm
  30. Amen Elton

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:39pm
  31. no mas se hace pendejo el putin si le gustan los chavitos, se le ha visto acariciandolos muy bonito

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:43pm
  32. Elton <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:45pm
  33. “Welcome to Gayology 101, I will be your fabulously fierce guide, Professor Sir Elton.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:47pm
  34. These hollywood gays dont speak for me and i personally wish they would just shut the heck up. And stay their ass in hollyweird,ca.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:48pm
  35. They have rights too. Free speech and all. Get over it.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:30pm
  36. ….it’s like trying to introduce a poodle to a golf cart…..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:49pm
  37. That is because it’s Elton John, not a normal gay person -_-

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:49pm
  38. Good classy but what about all the violence!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:51pm
  39. Putin should visit the U.S…..so I can whoop his ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:52pm
  40. I think this could be a good idea.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:55pm
  41. I think Putin may already know gay people- show him a mirror!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:59pm
  42. If i was super rich and powerful i would fund a revolution in Russia

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:59pm
  43. Elton has been a class act on this issue, seizing opportunity his status in Russia affords to affect change. Good for him <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:00pm
  44. While I do think that Elton John’s efforts will improve the Russian people’s perceptions of us somewhat, I wouldn’t count on changing Putin’s mind about gay people – because I don’t think Putin hates gay people. He’s a smart man, and has brilliantly manipulated all of Russia for quite some time now. He is merely using us as a scapegoat to retain power. As long as we are the best scapegoats, we’ll continue being scapegoats.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:04pm
  45. I doubt very much that any proformet could change Putin.
    Hilter took Jews and you know what he did to them. I see Putin being the same way!

    BOYCOTT PUTIN, BOYCOTT THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE SPONSORS THAT SUPPORT ANTI GAY LAWS.

    TELL THEM TO LET OUR PEOPLE GO! Enough is enough!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:05pm
  46. Go, Johnny, go! Luv ya

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:06pm
  47. Can’t stand that old puffy bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:07pm
  48. Lol..Oh ok

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:11pm
  49. I’m so tired of this fat little poof

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:19pm
  50. please anyone but this guy gays will be shot on sight

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:19pm
  51. Being gay my entire live, I still have issues with someone who cowered in the closet for some many years now wanting to be one of the gay voices.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:24pm
  52. Get over it, you are not special.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:32pm
  53. eat shit Michelle. You tell that to all the love ones who lost people to AIDS when in the earlier day could have use someone voice like him.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:33pm
  54. elton john is an idiot. should keep to his own business.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:45pm
  55. Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:47pm
  56. Who are you to ( mr Lima) to write such a statement?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:48pm
  57. BOYCOTT SOCHI

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:49pm
  58. Nice Idea Elton, however talking to Ex KGB is like talking to a wall.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:56pm
  59. What?! I appreciate the thought, but I can also appreciate the terror some may feel on how this may be effect those who have to remain there AFTER the Olympics, Elton and cameras have left.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:57pm
  60. He can’t stand women he needs to join Rodman and STFU!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:58pm
  61. Good luck with that Sir Elton. I hope you can keep your cool.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:59pm
  62. Judy Lima… Elton IS GAY!!! It is his business!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:03pm
  63. Like he has never met gay people before. GMAB.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:05pm
  64. Putin needs to just man up and come Out!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:07pm