Elton John Defends His Performance At Rush Limbaugh’s Wedding

“I said, ‘I suppose you’re wondering what the f**k I’m doing here,’ and they collapsed in laughter. It took the heat off. I said, ‘I’m probably the most famous gay man in the world. I’m coming in peace. Please, let’s not say people are horrible because they’re different. That’s not acceptable in this day and age.’ It was a good audience. … [Limbaugh and I] talked a lot before I did it, and I was surprised how much I liked (him). If I had done it just for the money, I could have seen 40 years of my reputation go down the tube. As a gay man, I felt it my duty to find out what this guy thought. I did that before I played there. I felt there was a real reason for me going. There’s much more of a person in there than the public knows. I believe dialogue is a way forward. Come on, what era are we living in?”

Elton John defends his performance at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s wedding this summer. Lots of us scratched our heads that the gayest musician alive (who’s in a civil partnership) with another man would celebrate the nuptials of a man who opposes gay marriage, although we shouldn’t have been so surprised considering he has performed with gay-mocking rapper Eminem in the past. Apparently, Rush and Elton could also overcome their differences for a night of fourth marriages and good tunes. Elton even says the two are email pen pals now. [USA Today]