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Elton John Will Not Tell Vladimir Putin To Go To Hell

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who's waged a war against the gay community in his country and around the world, can count on one of the world's most visible out celebrities to be easy on him when he performs in Moscow soon. 

Said Elton during an appearance on NPR's "Fresh Air":

"I'm aware of the situation and I will be diplomatic. I'm not going to go into Russia and tell [Vladimir Putin] to go to hell and things like that. That's not the way things are done. You chip away at something, and you hope there will be dialogue and that the situation can get better. You don't just go in there with guns blazing and say, 'Well, to hell with you.' Because they're going to say, 'To hell with you, and get out of the country.' That's not going to solve anything.

"But if I can go there, maybe I can talk to some people in the administration. You can make a statement and you can read it from the stage, but it would be nice, and it would be much more fulfilling to try and meet with people in Moscow and say, 'Listen, this is just, you know, this is silly. It's a reactionary knee-jerk thing. It's harming your reputation in the rest of the world. It's not doing you any good. There has to be some discussion here. What you're doing is outrageous.' [Pauses.] They can tell me to go to hell. I've gotta do it diplomatically, but I'm going to say what I think and what I feel."

What do you think of Elton's plans for possibly taking a quieter stand than other celebrities have applied to the horror that's going on in Russia?

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Elton John, among other things, has palled around with and performs for Rush Limbaugh at his wedding reception; he pays tribute on national television to the biggest closet-case in show business (the late Liberace). Whose side is he on, anyway???

Sir Elton John, knock down those walls with kindness, great music, and your fabulous fashion sense.... Good Luck and Return safely

Dear Anonymous, 

Perhaps you are being a bit one sided regarding your thought of Elton.  Don't forget that he has raised and donated over 200 million dollars towards the world AIDS crisis.  

Elton John you are a disgrace. To so many GLBT people in the US and around the world. Wentworth Miller came out risking everything telling Russia he will not film a movie in there Communist country due to their treatment of gays. Go ahead prance in Moscow you trader to all gays in the world. It sure would be a shame for the murderous Russian government through you in jail. Karma is a bitch you trader. I will never spend a dime to your up keep. Your supposed to be a Gay Icon and you go there and take one dime and entertain.  Did you ever think of what they will do to all gay and Lesbian that attend. Anything that happens to any after leaving your money grubbing concert. Their misery an or deaths are all on your glitter filled head. All I'm the name of the almighty dollar. 

Correct me if I am wrong (and believe me, I would be HAPPY if I were) but wasn't there a news blurb in just the past few days that Selena Gomez had to cancel her two concerts in Russia because she was being denied a visa due to her "pro-gay agenda" or some such nonsense?  What makes Elton John (who I too love almost beyond reason, don't get me wrong here), think that he is not going to have the exact same problem, amplified a couple THOUSAND times?

Elton I love you, but you DO have a temper...be careful!!!

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