Elton John had some concert viewers and security guards clutching your pearls this weekend.
The “Tiny Dancer” singer shocked concert-goers after unleashing profanities at security guards during a recent show. The singer was performing on Sunday at the second of two concerts in Western Australia when he suddenly stopped mid-song and began his “F-bomb” infused tirade.
“Hey, you two security guards with the girl. F— off. Bring her back here immediately,” he said. “Come on you c—s. Morons, you both are, morons. You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone, you turds.”
After hearing some gasps from the audience for using the c-word, Elton John apologized.
“I apologize for the ‘c-word,’ I just hate people being assaulted, especially women by security guards. I have a pet hate of security guards anyway.”
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In response to the moment and reporter inquiry, VenuesWest told Billboard that the security team was acting appropriately.
“Under the circumstances, the security team acted appropriately and we [VenuesWest and security] worked together with Elton’s team to ensure that the event was safe and successful for the artist and the patrons.”
Reporter Peter Ford also defended the security guards and gave some insight on the situation while talking to the Australian show Sunrise:
“A patron was in an area where she was not ticketed to be. The security guards, acting on the instructions of Elton John’s own team, tried to get her out. Elton caught it out of the corner of his eye and decided, I think, to play to the crowd by going on this rant. These were two people doing their job. Imagine how demeaned they would have felt at being abused by Elton John on the stage and then to have thousands of people in the crowd cheer him on. I think it was an appalling thing to do. If he’s got an issue he should be taking it up with his team, and today he should offer some sort of apology to the guards.”