I have read a lot of online press and buzz last week over Elton John and Rush Limbaugh, two names you would not naturally put together; right wing ringleader Rush and colourful gay activist Elton teaming up for...?
Well they teamed up, so to speak, for Rush's fourth wedding, where Elton was hired as the entertainment, for an alleged cool million bucks.
The controversy is, should out gay man Elton John have taken a gig where he performed for one of the de facto leaders of the right-wing anti-gay social movement?
While Elton hasn't commented, his partner David Furnish is quoted on cnn.com as saying that Elton wants to bring the world together, build bridges, blah, blah, blah. Oh really? Or is it for the money, or the media controversy and attention? Let's face it, this is the most we have talked about Elton in quite awhile.
John famously performed with gay-baiter Eminem at the Grammys, probably for virtually no money, and allegedly just turned down $30 million to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol, so probably not just for the cash. So maybe he earns some integrity points there?
The wedding was performed by pastor Ken Hutcherson, a former NFL player who is rabidly anti-gay. Why be involved at all? Goodbye integrity points.
My first reaction to this one was: ewww... gross. On second thought (I am a Gemini), maybe is a good thing --- he took a million bucks from Limbaugh's pocket, got people talking at the wedding and beyond, and hey maybe he will give the million doll hairs to a great equality cause?
Elton John is uncharacteristically quiet on this one, here is to hoping he steps up and gives the moolah to a great cause. Let's wait and see...