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Sir Elton – What A Pussy!

ImageI saw Elton John on the Andrew Marr Show this morning declaring himself as the acceptable face of homosexuality (he certainly isn’t the acceptable face of music in my book but that’s another matter… ) and that he will be touring Russia at the start of December – as he has done on many an occasion since 1979. Looks like he’s had a pretty momentous influence on the gay rights issue in that particular country, eh? He did state that he would be saying something – he wasn’t too specific on that one – possibly ‘Good to see you again Mr Putin, do you have any more lucrative private parties for oligarchs that I can play while I’m here?’ I doubt that he’ll be meeting with any gay rights groups or proclaiming public support for Pussy Riot.

It’s a difficult thing when you’re the acceptable face of anything – particularly homosexuality – Larry Grayson, John Inman, Freddie Mercury and Boy George back in the 70s and 80s all spring to mind. They could be cute, cuddly, outrageous in appearance and could throw in a bit of innuendo as well but there was no way that closet door was getting opened. Even though this was a good few years after being gay could not be defined as a crime in the eyes of the law all these people knew that publicly nailing the colour pink to the mast would be career suicide. Boy George famously declared himself not interested in sex and Freddie Mercury was always reticent about coming out lest he upset the legion of ‘homocaust-deniers’ that seemed to make up a typical Queen audience.

So have things changed that much? Lipstick- lesbian chic as peddled by female performers (Madonna, Britney) who want to spice up an image, the ‘outed but proud’ brigade (Ricky Martin, George Michael) spring to mind. So being gay can be a good career move or at the very least it’s acceptable well… not in every country…  So let’s hope that Sir Elton can use that acceptable face of his (hmm… ) when he goes to Russia next month to push the rouble stuffed envelope just a little bit. Alternatively if he wants to return to the over-the-top outfits of yesteryear and hit the headlines I’m sure he could borrow a Pussy Riot balaclava and dress from somewhere!

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