Sir Elton John has condemned Russian anti-gay laws onstage in St Petersburg, blasting the government for removing a statue of former Apple boss Steve Jobs after current executive Tim Cook announced he is gay.
The Rocket Man faced pressure to cancel his Russian tour dates last year after President Vladimir Putin introduced legislation to limit public displays of homosexuality.
The openly gay singer refused to boycott the country, insisting he wanted to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and challenge the law from within.
John returned there over the weekend and used his show as a platform to condemn the removal of the Steve Jobs statue, which was reportedly seen as 'homosexual propaganda' after current Apple boss Tim Cook 'came out' as gay last month.
According to the singer's Facebook.com page, he told the audience, "I'm not big on technology, but I love my iPad! They're amazing, aren't they? The way they can connect us to the things and people we love... How dignified that St. Petersburg should erect a memorial to Steve Jobs, the remarkable founder of Apple... But last week it was labelled 'homosexual propaganda' and taken down!
"Can this be true? Steve's memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay? Does that also make iPads gay propaganda?
"As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans - men and women who fell in love dancing to Nikita or their kids who sing along to Circle of Life - mean the world to me... If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music. It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity."
source: newshub archive