It seems that for Elton John, sorry is no longer the hardest word to say - war crimes and war criminal are. In an interview with NPR, he praised Ellen DeGeneres for standing up to criticism about her friendship with George W. Bush. DeGeneres addressed the issue in her show, saying: "I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have". But it’s not Bush’s stance on gay marriage that infuriated the majority of the public, but his support for the US War in Iraq, which was based on false premises that Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Elton John supported DeGeneres’ statement, saying: “Unfortunately, what a democracy has become now is that it’s not OK to have different opinions than yours and that is not healthy”. The flamboyant singer added: “George Bush has made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot of mistakes. People need to come together. They need to respect people's view on life”.
Given the fact that John is now promoting his autobiography "Me", which came out on 15 October, perhaps he should have thought twice before defending DeGeneres, because many people were furious.
Solidarity with murdering war criminals is great. Yay money!— John Kennedy🌺 (@jkennedy4659) October 14, 2019
Oh look, another hypocrite celebrity!— Sharon (@rocky_road623) October 14, 2019
Some users regarded John’s statement as class solidarity.
The wealthy have very strong class loyalty. How are you doing?— Michael DuVernois (@duvernois) October 14, 2019
more rich people supporting war criminals? why am i not surprised— Komrade Kickflip (@KomradeKickflip) October 14, 2019
Other users remembered that the gay singer, who in 2014 married his boyfriend, performed at Rush Limbaugh’s birthday, a staunch opponent of gay marriage.
says the singer who sang at Rush Limbaugh's wedding. Of course he defended her.— Michael James Reed (@mikejimreed) October 14, 2019
Still others said that they prefered more serious news.
Meanwhile in Northern Syria...— Brad Wynn (@bradakibasama) October 14, 2019
Now that we know this super important breaking NEWS from CNN I'm sure the whole world will finally get some sleep tonight.— Jay Gaudinier (@JayGaudinier) October 14, 2019