Elton John took to Instagram on Friday (June 28) to reflect on some comments Vladimir Putin made in an interview with the Financial Times.
In the discussion, the Russian president stated that liberalism has become “obsolete.” “Traditional values are more stable and more important for millions of people than this liberal idea,” he explained.
On policies critics claim to be anti-LGBTQ, Putin said, “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 that,” he continued. “But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.”
In reponse, John wrote a lengthy message alongside a photo of himself, his husband David Furnish and their two sons with the word “censored” across the center. “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,” he wrote. “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. This feels like hypocrisy to me.”
The legendary singer refers to the Russian distributors’ removal of Rocketman scenes portraying gay sex and kissing. “I am proud to live in a part of the world where our governments have evolved to recognise the universal human right to love whoever we want,” he continued. “And I’m truly grateful for the advancement in government policies that have allowed and legally supported my marriage to David. This has brought us both tremendous comfort and happiness.”
See John’s message below.