Am I the only one who finds Elton John getting more and more annoying by the day?
First of all — and maybe this is more of an argument with American media than with John — why do I see him referred to as “Sir” Elton so often? I thought we fought a war against the tyranny of a monarchy and as Americans we do not recognize the inequality of those silly titles. The Queen is nothing more than the world’s wealthiest welfare recipient. I do not recognize nobility and I’m won’t call anyone by a title of inequality.
But here’s my real beef:
Two years ago, John was criticizing the LGBT community for pushing for marriage equality rather than civil unions in the Prop 8 debate. Now he’s complaining he can’t get married.
“I have a wonderful career, a wonderful life,” John said this week at a fundraising event for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. “I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years, and now I have a son. I don’t have everything because I don’t have the respect of people like the church or like politicians who tell me that I’m not worthy, that I’m lesser because I’m gay, well fuck you!”
Interesting he thinks same-sex marriage should be legalized now that he wants it, but two years ago civil unions were fine because he didn’t.
And about that son.
Several weeks ago, the 63-year-old singer had a baby with a surrogate mom. Not that it’s my business, but I think that’s incredibly selfish. He’ll be 81 when the child turns 18. Sure, he has enough money and can pay someone else to raise him, but adopting an older child would have been a more practical — and I think more loving — thing to do. And I say this as someone approaching his age, not as a young smart ass who just finds the old guy with kids kind of creepy.
Not that much of this is my business. He wants to have a child? He has the money to pay someone else to raise him. He didn’t want to get married before and wants to now? Fine. We should all be allowed whenever we’re ready. Not because suddenly it’s on his schedule, but it’s a matter of equality. I’m just annoyed that two years ago he was chiding us for working for same-sex marriage and now he’s mad at us for not having gotten it for him already.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been a fan of his music for years. And he’s done so much over the years to raise money for AIDS services.
He can have all the babies he wants and he doesn’t need me cooing over them. He should be allowed to be married anywhere he wants and have that marriage recognized. The thing that won’t happen is me calling him “Sir.”
I have to agree; and Elton prefers to be called simply “Elton” and not “Sir”; it’s the US media that loves to call him “Sir Elton”. And I do love his music and had the pleasure of meeting him in Corpus earlier this year, but, yeah, I think we are on Elton overload.
Elton’s partner, David Furnish, is only 48 and will be 66 in 18 years. So there’s a good chance that their kid will have at least one parent still alive when he graduates from high school. The kid will have all the advantages that money, and well connected parents, can buy and we have to assume that he will have two loving parents. I would say he’s a lucky kid.
Mr. Taffet, Sir Elton John doesn’t live in Texas, so he isn’t confined to the narrow mind attitude. “And I say this as someone approaching his age, not as a young smart ass who just finds the old guy with kids kind of creepy.” He doesn’t give a damn about how the herds from the fly-over state of Texas judge him either. According to you, his adopted son would be better off, left to an unknown fate, instead of a stable, loving, able home, and you could live more at ease with your fellow Texans knowing you won’t be creeped out by an old man and his adopted son. Get a life, and don’t be an uninteresting Texan.
Flex, I love the passion of your response here and personal attacks are certainly appropriate since mine is absolutely a personal attack on Elton – and that whore Queen Elizabeth.
Interesting that you are so passionate about parenting by surrogate rather than adoption. I guess I’m more passionate about all those kids out there without parents who really need someone to love them. And by the way, the census shows that us disposable flyover states who support our national equality organizations with a lot more money than you do also are parenting a hell of a lot more than you’re doing in the state that’s going to fall off into the sea.
And Duane, very true about Furnish. But like I said, if they adopted a 12-year-old, and had that been a special needs adolescent, I’d be right there in his corner. Every report shows them displaying this kids like it’s his latest pair of glasses to show off.
But really what set me off was how he attacked us for supporting marriage equality two years ago and now is pissed off because he can’t get married. But maybe now he’s firmly on our side?
David…….Please don’t add Ellen and Ricky to the GLBTQ stars you dislike or WE will have to take away your toaster oven.
I hope you understand. The Gay Agenda Rules are Rules we must live by..
Don’t worry, Jack. Love Sir Ellen and Ricky. Now you’re another story completely.
Did Elton really “attack” the LGBT community for pushing for gay marriage? As I remember it, he said that pushing for marriage rather than civil unions would have, AT THE TIME, alienated so many people who were vehemently against gay marriage. His argument was that civil unions were much more plausible in the (then) current political climate.
Now we’re hearing all the time that more and more people are supportive of gay marriage, so Elton has amended his statement and is now comfortable pushing for it. What’s so wrong in that?
You got me on the kid thing, though. To start a “family” at 63…you’d have to be Tony Randall to do something that silly.