Elton John slams Russian cuts to 'Rocketman' homosexual scenes

Elton John on Friday criticized Russia’s reported censorship of homosexual intercourse scenes within the new film musical primarily based on his life, “Rocketman,” calling the choice “cruelly unaccepting of the love between two individuals.”

John and the makers of “Rocketman,” which depicts the warts-and-all rise to fame of the homosexual British musician, issued a press release after Russian media reported that scenes involving homosexual intercourse and drug taking had been minimize from a screening in Russia.

“We reject within the strongest potential phrases the choice to pander to native legal guidelines and censor ‘Rocketman’ for the Russian market,” John and the filmmakers stated.

“That the native distributor has edited out sure scenes, denying the viewers the chance to see the movie because it was supposed, is a tragic reflection of the divided world we nonetheless stay in and the way it can nonetheless be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two individuals,” their assertion added.

The English-language Moscow Instances on Friday quoted a Russian movie critic who had seen the movie at its Could 16 world premiere in Cannes as saying that a number of scenes, totaling about 5 minutes, had disappeared from the Russian model.

They embody a male intercourse scene that includes actor Taron Egerton, who performs John, and {a photograph} throughout the closing credit by which the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway” singer is pictured along with his real-life husband David Furnish, who was a producer on the movie, movie critic Yegor Moskvitin was quoted as saying.

The film, which has gained heat critiques, started its worldwide rollout earlier this week.

John, 72, a outstanding homosexual rights campaigner, has beforehand spoken out in opposition to a 2013 legislation banning the dissemination of “homosexual propaganda” amongst younger Russians.

In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he could be keen to fulfill with John. Though the singer performed a live performance in Moscow in Could 2016, no assembly with Putin passed off.