(CNN)Elton John is slamming President Vladimir Putin for his remarks on LGBT issues after the recent censorship of the singer’s biopic in Russia.
In an interview with the Financial Times, the paper said the Russian President accused liberal governments of pursuing a mindless multiculturalism and embracing sexual diversity, among others things. “I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia,” Putin said in the interview published Thursday. “But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish. But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles.””Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with what,” Putin told the outlet. “But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.”Elton fired back in a social media post Friday, saying he was “deeply upset” by the interview and strongly disagrees with Putin’s view. Read More
Dear President Putin,I was deeply upset when I read your recent interview in the Financial Times. I strongly disagree with your view that pursuing policies that embrace multicultural and sexual diversity are obsolete in our societies. pic.twitter.com/wNG3imaR2r
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) June 28, 2019 “I find duplicity in your comment that you want LGBT people to ‘be happy’ and that ‘we have no problem in that’. Yet Russian distributors chose to heavily censor my film ‘Rocketman’ by removing all references to my finding true happiness through my 25 year relationship with David and the raising of my two beautiful sons,” the singer said. John said Putin’s statement felt like “hypocrisy.”Elton John slams Russian distributor's censorship of 'Rocketman' gay sex scenes“I am proud to live in a part of the world where our governments have evolved to recognize the universal human right to love whoever we want,” John said. Last month, the musician slammed Russian distributors for editing out gay sex scenes from his biopic “Rocketman.” A distributor told state news agency TASS it cut the scenes to comply with Russian legislation.John and the filmmakers said in a statement that they rejected “in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market.”In his statement Friday, John applauded government policies that allow LGBT people to legally marry.