Friday, 18 June 2010

Elton John: Walls and Bridges

Never mind Rush Limbaugh, Elton John is a big, fat idiot!
First Elton plays at the wedding of right-wing windbag, Rush.
Then yesterday he played a big gig outside Tel Aviv, where The Jerusalem Post reports, he boasted about not supporting a boycott; "Shalom, we are so happy to be back here! Ain't nothing gonna stop us from coming, baby!"
According to the Post, after his second number, John attacked artists who cancelled Israeli dates after the attack on the Free Gaza Flotilla; "Musicians spread love and peace, and bring people together. That's what we do. We don't cherry-pick our conscience."
Although many are starting to ask if Sir Elton of John still has a conscience.
Is there any gig that he wouldn't play?
And if he's playing these to make a political point then why does he insist on getting paid?
An open letter signed by a number of activists and academics earlier this year had urged him not to play Tel Aviv; "You may say you’re not a political person, but does an army dropping white phosphorus on a school building full of children demand a political response? Does walling a million and a half people up in a ghetto and then pounding that ghetto to rubble require a political response from us, or a human one?
"We think it needs a human response, and we think that by choosing to play in Tel Aviv you’re denying this. You’re behaving as if playing in Israel is morally neutral – but how can it be? How can the cruelties Israel practises against the Palestinians – fundamentally because the Palestinians are there, on Palestinian land, and Israel wants them to go – be morally neutral?"
Good question.
Asked about playing Rush Limbaugh's wedding for a $1 million, John's spokeperson civil partner David Furnish told People magazine; "Elton said, 'Life is about building bridges, not walls.'"
Maybe Elton John could tell Israel to stop building its wall around the West Bank?

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