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Elton John Wants To Meet With President Putin

Well, wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall for this one?

Elton John has offered to meet with Russia's notoriously homophobic President Vladimir Putin to talk about gay rights. Putin helped spearhead a June 2013 law that allows for the persecution of anyone promoting "homosexual behavior among minors," while anti-gay attacks have been on a sharp rise in Russia.

John told BBC News during the weekend that Putin is "isolating and prejudiced" and "ridiculous," and that his anti-gay comments are damaging the society there.

"Give me a break. You are President of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that? I would like to meet him. It's probably pie in the sky...He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried."

John was in the Ukraine during the weekend, meeting with President Petro Poroshenko about gay rights in that country. John plays the Music Midtown Festival on Friday, September 18, in Atlanta and at the Rock in Rio Festival Sunday, September 20, in Brazil.





Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.