Yesterday, much of the Russian press picked up the “Elton John in Ukraine” story.
For example this piece, with the headline Elton John Hopes that in the Ukraine of the future, gays will not be attacked [by street mobs] shouting “Death to Faggots”. Which is actually, precisely, what happened to gay-rights activists on June 6 of this year, when they attempted to hold their EU-approved “pride march” in Kiev. What Sir Elton omitted to mention, is that the street thugs attacking the gay-rights folks were members of Right Sektor, the key force behind the Maidan coup so beloved of Western “democracies”.
Here is an English-language version of the Elton John story, for context.
Sir Elton was speaking at the annual “YES Conference” (=Yalta European Strategy), which is a joke, because Yalta (Crimea) belongs to Russia now, so the Yalta Conference had to take place in Kiev this year.
What is “YES”?
Long Description, from their website:
YES addresses Ukraine’s development in the context of today’s challenges and opportunities offered by the dynamics of a modern world. For YES, the primary objective is to help Ukraine develop into a modern, democratic and economically powerful country. Through public dialogue and personal networking with decision makers, top experts, business leaders and journalists YES strives to contribute to the effective integration of Ukraine into key international systems.
Short Description: YES is a project funded by the wealthiest of all Ukrainian oligarch, Viktor Pinchuk, one of the handful of sociopaths who have, over the past 25 years, plunged Ukraine into dire poverty and chaos of a failed state. Their goal, of course, is to “integrate” Ukraine into the Western World. Or at least “integrate” Ukraine’s natural resources into European and American pockets – but that is the cynical view, and I digress.
Elton John is a very talented artist, there is no doubt about that. He has written quite a few awsome songs over the years. I have my favorites among them, like everybody does. There is even a Russian-themed one called “Nikita”, which tells the story of Elton having a crush or sexual attraction for a hunky Russian border-guard whom he happened to encounter at the customs desk during a trip to the Soviet Union.
I think my favorite Elton John song is his mega-hit “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”:
To me, the song speaks of disappointment and disillusionment; but also the irrepressible hope that things will get better; that this “Dorothy” will find her perfect Emerald City at last; however she pretends that she has given up the quest.
And so here is Elton in Kiev, he has mistaken this violent, lawless, poverty-ensaddled hell with the Emerald City of his mind’s eye; he begs an illegitimate government which came to power by a violent coup fronted by neo-nazi militias and street thugs; imploring them to be European, tolerant and democratic, the perfect society he dreams of.
I seem to recall from “The Wizard of Oz” that Dorothy was forced to put on rose-colored glasses before entering the Emerald City. And it is apropos that Sir Elton was wearing his, for the meeting in Kiev. Because only the most powerful calibre of rose-colored glasses can make this:
look like this:
Is Russia So Terrible?
Sir Elton concluded his stay in Kiev by mentioning that he would like to meet with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, presumably to lobby for gay rights in Russia and to correct Putin’s “ridiculous” views on the issue.
Speaking to the BBC, Sir Elton said he would welcome talks with Mr Putin even though “he may laugh behind my back… and call me an absolute idiot”.
There are so many things wrong with this. Where to begin? For starters:
- Elton is being paranoid. How does he know that Putin will laugh at him behind his back? Putin might just be a fan of his music – who knows? If they do end up meeting, it is better to go in with a positive attitude, than making unwarranted assumptions about the other person.
- Secondly, Putiin is not an absolute ruler who can just wave a magic wand, change policies, and make laws. He is influential, at best. I would even say “powerful”. But his power is not absolute. Russia does have a political system after all, with elections, parties and a Parliament, and all that stuff.
- Elton John is a great musician, but he does not appear to be very bright, as a political thinker. Especially letting himself be used like this, by Banderites, nation-destroyers, and plunderers.
- Homosexuality is a delicate issue in these traditional-minded cultures. It’s not just Russia. All of Eastern Europe is like that. (Not to mention the rest of the world.) When attempting to change ingrained attitudes about sex and family life, usually the subtle approach is best. Along with a lot of patience and good will.
- Elton, please take off those rose-colored glasses, and try to see Reality for what it is!