‘Feels like hypocrisy’: Elton John blasts Putin over censorship of ‘Rocketman’ film

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Amid reports that film distributors in Russia have censored a film based on his life, rock legend Elton John is speaking out against the nation’s president.

Vladimir Putin previously said that “traditional values are more stable and more important for millions of people than this liberal idea, which, in my opinion, is really ceasing to exist.”

John addressed the issue during a recent interview.

“I strongly disagree with your view that pursuing policies that embrace multicultural and sexual diversity are obsolete in our societies,” he said in a remark directed at Putin. “I find duplicity in your comment that you want LGBT people to ‘be happy’ and that ‘we have no problem in that.'”

He went on to say it “feels like hypocrisy” that the Russian companies “chose to heavily censor my film ‘Rocketman’ by removing all references to my finding true happiness through my 25-year relationship with David and the raising of my two beautiful sons.”