Money will obviously buy anything -- even a performance by out queer rocker Elton John at the wedding of rabidly anti-gay radio host Rush Limbaugh.
That’s right. Elton John, who married his boyfriend in a British civil union five years ago, helped celebrate the fourth (I repeat fourth) walk down the aisle of one of America’s most vocal bigots, who regularly bashes gay marriage and rights, not to mention immigrants and Jews. John was paid a million bucks, today’s exchange rate for 30 pieces of silver.
What was he thinking? Take the money and run? Make nice-nice with the right-wing creeps who bash queers so that maybe they’ll suddenly like people they believe are the spawns of Satan? Cut me a break.
The wedding was held at Limbaugh’s beach front mansion in Florida -- and it was, of course, extravagant beyond belief. Considering that many of Limbaugh’s fans are suffering in these difficult economic times, you’d think he’d show some restraint. Especially since it wasn’t the first knot he’s tied.
Many on the blogsphere are calling the bride, Kathryn Rogers, who is reportedly a direct descendant of John Adams (as in the former President), a gold digger. I don’t know if she is, but one has to wonder why any sane, rational woman would marry Limbaugh. It certainly can’t be his looks or charm. Or intelligence. That leaves his vast fortune, and the fact that he’s already had a heart attack.
When all is said and done, I don’t care if marriage number four lasts or not. I also don’t care if Kathryn is out to clean out the loud-mouthed bigot’s estate.
I do care that Elton John lowered himself to validate the wedding of a man who every day helps to create an atmosphere in which it’s perfectly fine to bash queers. A man who’s spoken out time and time again against the very causes that are dear to Elton John’s heart.
John could donate the money to the most radical queer organizations on the planet or, better yet, to programs that help provide food and housing to homeless queers. But it won’t change the fact that he had an opportunity to make a statement by refusing to perform for one of this country’s nastiest homophobes, and he blew it big time.
Does he think he reached the Christian Taliban that attended Rush’s nuptials, suddenly opening their eyes to the fact that queers are people, too? Those folks are masters of disassociation: they love the music, but hate the singer.
He couldn’t have been worried about the controversy stemming from his refusal to play. He’s certainly no stranger to controversy. He recently outraged Christians by saying that Jesus was gay. An absurd comment, considering that there’s no real historical evidence the man from Galilee actually existed. But it’s fun to see the outrage that statement has caused.
Just as it’s a delight to watch the right-wing religious party in Morocco have a holy hissy fit over an avowed homo performing in their country.
Elton John owes his queer fans one hell of an explanation.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italians Sailing Beyond Columbus, and editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, which has been nominated for both an American Library Association and a Lambda Literary award. His website is www.avicollimecca.com.