....OK, this might bear some explanation to the uninitiated....
I wrote last week on the courage it took Elton to play for Rush Limbaugh, knowing the bricks that would be tossed at him by the "hard" left for daring to perform at the wedding of such a well-known gay-baiting, homo-bashing, neo-Nazi hate-monger:
I think it's important to point out that Elton John has never hesitated to cross barriers in order to make the so-called "haters" understand. He played with Axel Rose, when the Guns front man was assailed for his anti-gay remarks. He did a duet with angry white rapper Eminem, when he too was under attack for his gay-hostile lyrics. This takes courage in a world full of Elvis Costellos , Los Lobos, and Pixies, performers/bands that simply refuse to play in nations/states that don't adhere to the entertainment industry's code of political correctness.
Elton has tried to bring those who don't agree with him not necessarily over to his side, but to a place of mutual understanding, respect, and kindness towards each other...
And while the world throws a fit over Israel's refusal to roll over and die, and bands like the aforementioned cancel their shows in the Holy Land as a way to show their solidarity with Barack Obama and , Elton again shows his guts and plays in the belly of the Zionist beast itself - Tel Aviv:
A concert by Elton John has given Israelis a boost after a string of cancellations by other world-famous artists.
The British rocker performed late Thursday in front of a screaming crowd of nearly 50,000 fans at a Tel Aviv stadium.
John, who wore blue-tinted sunglasses, told the audience those cancellations "ain't gonna stop me from playing here, baby."
Recent cancellations by the Pixies and Elvis Costello, who cited Israeli government policies, have added to Israel's growing sense of isolation.
John swiped at those artists, saying, "We do not cherry-pick our consciences," before hitting the opening chords of his 1972 hit "Crocodile Rock."
Bravo, Elton. Although you and I might disagree on some things, I will always admire and respect the strength you have shown, for it is harder these days to defy political convention than to defy social convention.
And although I am sure it means next to nothing to you, to at least one right-wing nut, you are an inspiration and a heroic figure.
And when the bile and rage gets slung your way - more viciously for this (and for the Limbaugh wedding) than it ever did for merely "stepping out of the closet" - stay strong, and remember: The hatred will burn out long before your legend ever will...