Russian President Putin Asked to Ban Elton John Concert in Russia
-- Unlike some gay and gay-friendly celebrities, Elton John has declared that he will, in fact, perform in Russia as scheduled, despite that country's anti-gay laws. But now, several groups in Russia are urging authorities, including President Vladimir Putin, to ban the piano player's upcoming concerts.
According to The Moscow Times, an anti-gay group called the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods is calling for John's shows to be canceled. A spokesperson for the group is quoted as saying, "The statement by this gay guy -- Elton John -- about his support for gays and other perverts during the upcoming concert in Moscow is an insult to all Russian citizens."
Russian's anti-gay laws specifically prohibit the dissemination of "gay propaganda" to minors, and the spokesperson states that John speaking about gay rights at one of his concerts would be exactly that. He also called Elton's December 6 show in Moscow "an ammoral sabbath."
The pop-rock legend told the British paper The Guardian that while on stage in Moscow, "I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully....As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."
On top of that, a group of conservative activists known as the Ural Parents Committee have specifically asked President Putin to stop John's Russian shows.
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