Sir Elton John accepts invitation to perform at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – an invite that Cher turned down. John says he’s doing it to help the country’s LGBT community.
“I’m supposed to be going to Moscow in December,” John said in an interview with the Guardian. “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.”
John is in a civil union with partner David Furnish and has championed the LGBT community with his work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them,” John added. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.”
Back in June, Mikhail Abramyan, head of a southern chapter of the Communists of Russia, told an interviewer with RIA Novosti that John should wear “more respectable” attire when performing in Russia. He claims the singer’s style of costume constitutes “homosexual propoganda.”
During his interview with the Guardian, John recalls a notabe tryst with a Russian interpreter/KGB spy.
”I went to Russia in 1979 and I knew we were being watched all the time,” said John. ”I had an interpreter that they’d clearly set up. I ended up having sex with him on the hotel roof.”
A previous version of this article stated that RIA Novosti was a communist group and attributed the above quote to them. Correction: RIA Novosti is the statewide news agency quoting Mikhail Abramyan, head of the Communists of Russia, regarding above quote.