Elton John blasts Russia’s anti-gay laws at sold out Moscow concert
UK pop legend, Elton John, took to the stage in Moscow this week and proceeded to regale his audience with criticism of the nation’s anti gay propaganda laws and suggested they opt for understanding and harmony instead.
John told his audience he was deeply saddened and shocked by the recent gay propaganda laws and was disturbed by their inhumanity and isolating effect.
John said while some people had demanded he not travel to Moscow, he wanted to show the world that he cared and said “I don’t believe in isolating people. Music is very powerful it brings people together irrespective of their age, race or religion. It doesn’t discriminate. Look around you – you will see men, women, young and old, gay and straight, enjoying the music.”
John urged people to keep this spirit of harmony alive after they left his concert.
The 66-year-old singer is amongst the first Western performers to tour since the laws were enacted in June.
Both Lady Gaga and Madonna have earned the ire of the Russian government after condemning the laws whilst performing on stage, earlier this year. Russian political conservatives have called to ban both women from ever performing in Russia again. Thus far John seems to have escaped condemnation from Russia’s parliamentarians.
John concluded his speech by dedicating his concert to Vladislav Tornovoi - a 23-year-old Russian whose naked body was dumped in the city of Volgograd after he had been brutally raped and murdered.