Sharon Lee Davies-Tight
Russian President Putin gives an interview in Moscow
OSAKA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Elton John was “mistaken” about LGBT rights in Russia, while praising the British singer as a musical genius.
Elton John said on Friday he was deeply upset by Putin’s comment that liberal values were “obsolete” and had been rejected by the majority of people in Western nations.
He also accused Putin of hypocrisy for saying that he wanted LGBT people to be happy after reports that gay scenes in “Rocketman”, the movie based on the singer’s life, had been censored in Russia.
“I have a lot of respect for him, he is a genius musician, we all enjoy his music, but I think he is mistaken,” Putin said when asked about Elton John’s comments in Osaka where he was attending a G20 summit.
Putin said Russian authorities had a “relaxed and unprejudiced” attitude towards LGBT people, but decisions about gender identity could only be made by adults and therefore minors need to be “left alone”.
Russian law bans “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”.
Putin also said that while he did not deny the attractiveness of liberal values in general, he was referring to situations where they impinged on traditional lifestyles.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alexander Smith)
STRATEGIC COMMENT: Being gay isn’t a liberal value as Elton John indicates. It’s a fact that runs through all races, genders, ethnicities, families, many species, political parties, religions and other groups. Elton John’s attempt to make it a liberal issue is prejudicial against all people of all genders. Gay or homosexual propaganda seeks to increase the gay population so that politically they have more clout. For that reason they appear to have attached their ‘right to be gay’ to the democratic party, making being gay a political issue, when it isn’t.
Adult gays having sex with underage boys is a real problem, since those boys haven’t matured yet. Ask any victim of sexual assault by a priest. Hear their stories of enslavement and torture by primarily gay priests.
Although straight men do have sex with young boys, the abuser is most often gay, which means there is a huge pedophilia problem in the gay community, that is not being addressed by the very people who perpetrate and hide its existence. It’s not enough to justify the action by saying straight men do it too. If it’s in your community and you’re hiding it, then it’s your problem.
It is my belief that Elton John is well aware of that problem. What is he doing about it politically?
Five minutes of explicit sex scenes regarding male on male plus oral sex scenes were deleted by the Russian editors of a film called ROCKETMAN, but not only by the Russians. Other cultures found it offensive. You can’t force people to come out of the closet. Each individual knows when it’s safe to do that. It’s not somebody else’s call to make for them.
Elton John evidently wanted to make a pornographic story about his life under the category of general audience or mature content? Explicit oral sex scenes are usually saved for porn-categorized films, not autobiographical films.
Vladimir Putin got it right when he said what adults do is their business, but what the children do is society’s business. Leave the kids out of it.
Most people believe that sex traffickers are only interested in young girls. Not so. They are equally interested in underage boys.
Sex trafficking of underage girls and boys is a huge problem in the USA and around the globe. What is actually being done about it?
What is Elton John doing about it?
By gays focusing so much on their genitals to the exclusion of most everything else, they devalue everything else about them.
Women it seems forever were valued only for their sexuality and/or mothering skills. It took a long time to value women for something beyond their male-assigned gender roles. The likes of Elton John are doing the same to gay people as men did to women. I cannot see that as a forward moving, freedom facilitating strategy.