Elton John and Vladimir Putin: What’s the Truth?

No matter which news channel I flip to here in SE Asia (CNN, BBC World, RT, AFI, etc. etc.) or which newspaper I pick up, everyone wants to know the truth about this alleged phone call (or whatever) between Elton John and Vladimir Putin on the subject of gay rights.

Did it happen? Is it supposed to happen? Is this for real? Or is it a big elaborate hoax that has a bunch of pranksters ROTFL? With multiple reports coming from all corners, it’s hard to say. The Russia Today reports with their obvious Kremlin slants have been the most amusing.

The answer is that this whole thing seems to be a punking project of a group of Russian comedians. From Billboard:

A pair of Russian comedians played a cruel joke on Elton John. According toReuters, Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksei Stolyarov duped the piano legend into thinking he was speaking with a representative for Russian president Vladimir Putin on LGBTI rights.

Ah. Kind of like those Quebec radio guys who manage to get through to some very higher-ups with their prank calls. The Daily Mail has this angle.

Good Morning America had this report.

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Well, good on Vladimir Krasnov and Aleksei Stolyarov. You got Elton. Good for you. But here’s a bigger question for you guys: Is Putin laughing? I wouldn’t be so sure.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Elton John and Vladimir Putin: What’s the Truth?

  • September 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I look at Elton John and all I can hear is William Shatner’s version of “Rocket Man.”


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