Elton John blasts anti-gay law during Moscow concert (video)

Elton John sharply criticized Russia’s new anti-gay “propaganda” law onstage during his concert in Moscow this evening.

Elton’s criticism of the law is itself illegal under the law, which bans any speech or actions that might influence a child into thinking that being gay is less than evil.

Here’s the video, and below, thanks to Joe Jervis at JoeMyGod, we have the transcript.

Elton John (anyamuse / Shutterstock.com)

Elton John (anyamuse / Shutterstock.com)

“You took me to your hearts all these years ago and you’ve always welcomed me with warmth and open arms any time I’ve visited. You have always embraced me and you have never judged me. So I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the LGBT community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. People have demanded that because of this legislation, I must not come here to Russia. But many, many more people asked me to come and I listened to them. I love coming here.

“I want to show them and the world that I care and that I don’t believe in isolating people. Music is a very powerful thing. It brings people together irrespective of their age, their race, their sexuality, or their religion. It does not discriminate. Look around you tonight. You see men, women, young and old, gay and straight. Thousands of Russian people enjoying the music. We’re all here together in harmony and harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.

“The spirit we share tonight is what builds a future of equality, love and compassion for my children and for your children. Please don’t leave it behind when you leave tonight. Each and every one of you please, keep this spirit in your life and in your heart. I wish you love and peace and health and happiness. And this show is dedicated to the memory of Vladislav Tornovoi. – Elton John, reading from the stage tonight at his concert in Moscow.

Vladislav Tornovoi was a 23 year old gay Russian who was raped with beer bottles, had his skull bashed in, and then was set on fire and left to die after he came out to his drinking buddies in the Russian city of Volgograd.

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25 Responses to “Elton John blasts anti-gay law during Moscow concert (video)”

  1. Jimmy Ray, Jr. says:

    I certainly will not ever again buy anything associated with this thing. Is it a man or a woman?

  2. karmanot says:

    Can’t stand him, but he did good for once.

  3. karmanot says:

    “Who else but a real friend would tell you the whole rotten truth.”– A full length mirror?

  4. karmanot says:

    That’s a two flusher for sure katie Poo.

  5. Moderator3 says:

    I’ve seen better.

  6. FLL says:

    Only a few weeks left. Will KatherineB walk away with the coveted Trollie Award?

  7. jomicur says:

    Congratulations! You just made yourself a front runner in the race for the award for the most clueless, venomous trolling on 2013.

  8. FLL says:

    If Elton John were most concerned about making money in Russia by doing more shows in the future, he would have kept his mouth shut about civil rights. If anything, publicly condemning the Russian law may get him banned from Russia, making it impossible for him to make more money in Russia. In other words, the argument in the first part of your paragraph doesn’t add up.

    Although I’m not overly interested in such things, I believe Elton John and Madonna had some feud about lip-synching or not lip-synching. The core of your argument, I take it, is that Elton John is a “filthy old gay,” whereas Madonna is a woman. I don’t know what the specific details of the lip-synching controversy are; however, your argumentation style is week. Madonna’s female biology and Elton John’s sexuality are not good supporting details. You see what a good friend I am? Who else but a real friend would tell you the whole rotten truth.

  9. Lawerence Collins says:

    People like him are the perfect candidates to go there! He’s so high profile, it’s not like the lesser known band, Pussy Riot, who ended up on jail. Jailing Elton John would cause publicity Putin doesn’t want, especially so close to the Olympics.
    I was very skeptical of him going as well. I’ve not always understood, or agreed with his methods. In this case I was pleasantly surprised!

  10. Whitewitch says:

    If you and people like you are dwelling the in “real paradise” I am sure it will be a living hell that likes of which I would rather not see.

  11. Whitewitch says:

    Well done Elton John. Thank you for dedicating the concert to Vladislav Tornovoi. Words have strength and music is the soul of life….maybe some Russians will be enlightened, maybe the world will see that We Can and Must Stand Up and Speak. It is my hope that those who attend the Olympics do the same, Stand Up and Speak for your LGBT brothers and sisters – regardless of your own orientation….Stand Up and Speak!

  12. jomicur says:

    I’ve been very critical of his decision to go there (and I still think he shouldn’t have), but I must admit he handled this very, very well. For once my native skepticism has been proved wrong, and I couldn ‘t be more pleased about it.

  13. heimaey says:

    Yes, Elton John is a saint. You really need help if you think I’m going to want to measure up to some horrible artist who sold out in the early 70s and has backstabbed the gay community over the years numerous times for money.

  14. KatherineB says:

    That leech only ‘loves’ any country he can get money out of and applauds him for taking it, because they’re too brainwashed to know otherwise. He is (one of) the biggest hypocrites on earth. He has victimised innocent women just because he is nothing but a misogynistic woman-hating gay who is too dysfunctional to have normal relationships, so has stalked women and then targeted them, along with his buddies, because they rejected him. He is nothing but a low-life psychopath and bully who is so full of lies and garbage he is too afraid to come out and tell the world the TRUTH about what a sleazy old perverted bully he is. Rot in hell, filthy old gay. And dream on with all your birds and trees while you’re still breathing, because you’ll never get to the real paradise. You freak.

  15. Dakotahgeo says:

    Now THAT’S disgusting! You should be so blessed as to measure up even to Elton John’s heels! Jerk!

  16. rextrek says:

    I guess Vlad will forever forbid Elton to return to Russia?

  17. Anonymous says:

    The claimed recently that they’re going to block Gaga’s visa and try to charge her…now. Hah! They only care about money, like bringing in celebs – the law is for poor people they can exploit.

  18. heimaey says:

    Wherever that leach can profit he will.

  19. FLL says:

    Excellent. But let me point out what a bunch of liars and hypocrites Pulin and his Kremlin allies are. In an attempt to intimidate Madonna into silence, they threatened to arrest her if she spoke out against the anti-gay law during the August, 2012 performances of her MDNA tour in Russia. This is what Madonna said:

    “I am here to say that the gay community and gay people here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, respect, tolerance, compassion, and love.” She then asked the audience to raise their wristbands [which she had passed out to audience members before the show] with her to show their “love and support of the gay community.”

    The cowardly Russian authorities didn’t follow through with their threat to arrest her. Instead, Russian anti-gay campaigners sued Madonna for $10.4 million, and the suit was thrown out of court. Likewise, during her December, 2012 performances in Russia, Lady Gaga said:

    “Thank you, Moscow, for spreading the message of equality around the world. Thank you for spreading the message of Born This Way…So stand up for yourself, or stand up for your friends. Where’s all my gay kids tonight? Tonight, this is my house, Russia. You can be gay in my house. And if you ever need me Moscow, I will just be a telephone call away.”

    Instead of arresting Lady Gaga, the Russian authorities fined the Russian promoters of the show $600. Putin and his gang are cowards. They don’t dare arrest a foreign artist for fear of the international repercussions; they direct their venom at Russian companies that arrange the performances.

    Foreign artists, TV personalities or commentators who choose to go Russia face a choice. If they perform without incident, they play into Putin’s hand. If pull a surprise and defy Putin—as Madonnna, Lady Gaga and Elton John all have—they perform a service. Since we can’t read minds, it’s necessary to wait until after the event before making a judgment in each individual case.

  20. Anonymous says:

    He actually delivered. Good for him.

  21. Bill_Perdue says:

    He shouldn’t have been there but he did handle this better than his pratfall at the Lumpen Limbaugh wedding farce.

  22. AnitaMann says:

    Good. More.

  23. basenjilover says:

    Cheers to Elton John for dedicating show in memory of Vladislav Tornovoi.


    Wow……Elton is brave and I now love him even more….if that is possible.

  25. nicho says:

    Good for him. Much better than boycotting them.

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