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Elton John defies boycott of Arizona: “I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever” gotta hand it to Elton John. At the age of 63, he pretty much does what he wants, says what he feels and does not care who he ticks off in the process.

I suppose he’s earned it!

So what has the Rocket Man, who performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding recently, done now? He performed a sold-out concert at Tucson Arena, defying a boycott by other acts over Arizona’s controversial¬†SB 1070¬†immigration law.

Here’s what Elton had to say to any would-be critics: “We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are (expletive)wits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the (expletive) with these people?”

Source: Arizona Daily Star

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7 Remarks

  1. Sorry, Elton John. You’re a major a-hole. Gay men may not have marriage rights in CA but the state overall has given the LGBT community much to appreciate. Why doesn’t he admit that he’ssimply in it for the money

  2. July 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Mike Triggs says:

    Good for Elton John. Those of us in the hospitality industry in Arizona appreciate the courage he has to stand up to the boycott.

    When California voted against Gay Marriage equality supporting people here in Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale and Flagstaff could have boycotted your great state. We didn’t. Why should the everyone be punished by the small-mindedness of a minority or even a majority.

    Rather than trying to stick it to Elton people like Jack Manly should ask themselves what they have I done today to make the world a better place.

  3. July 26th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    You know what Elton? You can perform where ever you want or for whom ever you want, but don’t put down other performers who stand up for what they believe in.

  4. July 26th, 2010 at 7:36 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    Mike – I was born, raised and still live in the state of California. I’d have no problem if you boycotted my state because of the Prop 8 results and I wouldn’t take it as a personal punishment. It’s your free choice.

    Elton John doesn’t need to blast other musicians for taking a stand for what they believe in just so he can justify his performing in Arizona. Why doesn’t he just let his performance speak for itself? He really likes to elevate himself by critizing others for not being like him.

    This is the same man who thought gay people should be content with second class citizenship by settling for civil unions instead of marriage. Sorry, Elton ain’t no friend of mine.

  5. Being “retired” and living in AZ, I have mixed feeling’s about John’s comments. Everyone is entitled to their own ideas on the matter. I do question whether he has has even a rudimentary knowledge of what the situation really is in AZ. But then, EJ, why stop with putting your foot in your mouth when you can go for your knee??????LOL Wouldn’t be the first time.

  6. July 27th, 2010 at 7:29 am
    hadassah weinreb says:

    At his level of celebrity, people like E.J. don’t have to care about issues that impact the “little people”. Nothing comes between him & a paycheck.

  7. July 27th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    MG Stewart says:

    I don’t care how long Elton John has been performing, but I am not sure one can ever say that one has “earned” the right to be (to use Elton John’s one words), an “(expletive)wit”. John is showing an appalling level of indifference to the racist immigration law in Arizona, and it’s not clear how the injustice of Prop 8 somehow justifies that indifference. The man is grasping at excuses, and demonstrating Elisabeth Hasselbeck-type logic. I am not impressed with Elton John.

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