Elton John slams Russia for ‘legitimizing homophobia’

Elton John, pictured performing in Philadelphia, released a statement on his feelings about Russia's new anti-gay laws.

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About two weeks before Sochi hosts the Winter Olympics, music legend Elton John has posted a lengthy statement on his official website articulating his disappointment over Russia’s new law banning "homosexual propaganda." 

Vicious homophobia has been legitimized by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’€™s basic human rights.

Elton John

In Wednesday’s statement, John denounced the laws saying that "vicious homophobia has been legitimized by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’€™s basic human rights."

While performing in Moscow in December, John told the audience that Russia’s new anti-gay laws were "inhumane" and "isolating."

Wednesday he expanded on his experience in the country and described meetings with members of Russia’s LGBT community.

"It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country," John wrote.

John also volunteered to introduce Putin to gay Russians to help promote understanding.