Elton John has said in the past that he’s all about building bridges, rather than burning them. But he is willing to publicly burn some fellow artists when it comes to music, activism and boycotts! Find out what the legend told a massive audience – in Arizona! – after the jump.
As we’ve been telling you, some musicians are boycotting playing gigs in Arizona because of SB 1070, the controversial immigration law. John, however, has never had much time for the commingling of music and politics.
“We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona,” he said during his show. “I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are f—wits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the f—‘s with these people?”
It’s not the first time that John has played a show against a controversial backdrop. He performed at the Grammys with [lastfm]Eminem[/lastfm], an artist not afraid to use gay slurs in his lyrics. He ignored a boycott of Israel revolving around the incident with an aid flotilla. He’s even played the wedding of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
[lastfm]Biz Markie[/lastfm] could not be reached for comment.
Is John right to play shows in the state, especially considering that many of his fans might have objected to the bill? Or should he and others stay out until Arizona repeals the legislation?