Elton John has publicly hit out following his biopic Rocketman being heavily edited in Russia to remove any scenes of kissing and sex between men in the film.
The removed scenes, which featured images of gay sex and men kissing, conflicted with Russia’s laws banning “homosexual propaganda.”
“We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today,” read a statement released by the filmmakers.
“Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life, warts and all.
That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people. We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue to push for the breaking down of barriers until all people are heard equally across the world.”
About Brexit lately Elton decleared “I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.” (Guardian.com)
John has previously expressed his dismay over Brexit. In July 2018, he said: “I don’t think people in Britain were told the truth to start with … They were promised something that was completely ridiculous and wasn’t economically viable.” He said the Brexit process was confusing, like “walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way out”.
The singer’s profile is currently as high as it has been in years. As well as the world tour, he is preparing to publish his first autobiography in the autumn. Rocketman, a biopic about his rise to fame and struggles with substance misuse, is currently in cinemas.31
Elton, by the way, has inked a deal that will keep the legend with Universal Music Group for the rest of his career.
According with Elton’s company Rocket Entertainment, the 71-year old icon has struck a long-term partnership that covers recorded music, music publishing, merchandise, brand management and licensing rights.
The pact ensures that not only is all of John’s voluminous catalog under one roof, but so are his future recordings. John has been signed to companies now under UMG’s umbrella for his five-decade recording career.
Similarly, Universal Music Publishing Group has administered John’s post-1974 copyrights since 2005, and his pre-1974 songs since before then.In a statement, Grainge added, “Elton John is a creative cornerstone of UMG, which has been his home since his earliest days at MCA Records. In parallel with Elton’s stratospheric rise as an artist, UMG has evolved from a ‘label’ and ‘publisher’ into a broad-based global media and entertainment company that is positioned to work at a far higher level and with greater impact with an artist of Elton’s caliber.