Elton John's Meeting With Vladimir Putin To Discuss LGBTQ Rights Has Been Postponed
Thu, 26 May 2016 11:37:23
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Elton John's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been put on hold due to the pair's busy schedules. Plans for John and Putin's meeting began developing in September, following a prank phone call John received from a Putin impersonator, Rolling Stone reports, "After the call went viral, John turned news of the prank into a plea for LGBT rights in Russia. 'Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however, is never funny,' the singer wrote on Instagram. 'I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands.'"
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov discussed the scheduling conflict, via the BBC:
"We were in correspondence with him (Elton John) a couple of weeks ago, because there had been an agreement that, if their schedules allow, this meeting would take place. President Putin expressed readiness for this meeting. But this time, the meeting won't take place, unfortunately," he told reporters.
"Their schedules do not match up. But this does not mean that such a meeting won't take place next time."
The BBC reports, "Sir Elton will be performing at the Ice Palace in St Petersburg on 28 May, and on 30 May in Moscow at Crocus City Hall, as part of his world tour," behind his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night.
"Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov phoned the singer, after Sir Elton told BBC News he wanted to meet Mr Putin to discuss gay rights in Russia - describing the president's attitude to gay people as 'isolating and prejudiced.'
"The hoax phone call was aired on Russian TV.
"However the singer later received a genuine call from the president.
"He told the BBC's Today programme: 'He was very affable, he was very apologetic, he was very sincere.
'As soon as I can get a date in my diary that coincides with him, then I will be going... to Moscow and I will meet him.'"
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff