Genres - Pop
Elton John could face legal consequences for supporting gay community when he plays Moscow, Lady Gaga and Madonna already have
Elton John is facing some strict guidelines when he visits Russia, and some potentially severe legal consequences if he doesn't live up to them. The pop-rock legend is scheduled to play a show in Moscow on December 6 at the Crocus City Hall, but the show could possibly be cancelled due to the nation's tyrannical laws banning "gay propaganda" (we don't use the word "tyrannical" lightly). The performer seems intent on making the concert, as well as a second show in Kazan, work.
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"I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December," he said during a September interview. "I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. 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."
Two other Western performers have found that Russian authorities aren't kidding about gay "propaganda." Lady Gaga has gotten most of the headlines during 2013 for her experiences in Russia, after the promoter for her show was fined for "propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality" during her December 2012 show in St. Petersburg. Elton John and MAdonna have a history of butting heads, but they're on the same page for gay rights. St. Petersburg brought the same charges against Madge for her August, 2012 show, but all charges were dropped eventually.
Our advice to Russian authorities: If you can name ten popular pieces of music from the 50 years that don't advocate alcohol or sex (of any kind) in 5 minutes, we'll give you a gift card to iTunes. Grow up.