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.”