Rush Limbaugh, virulent homophobe and anti-gay marriage crusader paid Elton John, famous gay musician, 1 million dollars to perform at Limbaugh's 4th wedding this past Saturday June 5, 2010. (Which may actually be a reduced rate - last year Reuter's reported his rate was $2 million to perform at private events.)
Wedding-guest Megyn Kelly of Fox News said of the wedding:
Okay - did you catch that? Rush Limbaugh's 4th wedding? Aren't you glad he's defending the "sanctity" of marriage from us Gays? But that irony aside, I'm curious as to what's going on here.
"Elton John actually had nothing but nice things to say about Rush Limbaugh and the happy couple, and said he's all about tearing down walls and building bridges." He even invited the newlyweds to join him and David Furnish at their home, she said."
Does Elton John fashion himself some kind of unofficial ambassador to the nation of homophobes? (Elton John performed with the anti-gay lyrics rapper Eminem at the 2001 Grammies and then they became friends.)
Is it internalized homophobia that Elton John can't even imagine wanting "marriage" for himself and his civil partner - or is he of a generation that just can't see themselves as equal to straight people? He has said he doesn't believe in gay marriage, back when the whole Prop 8 thing blew up.
Is it to be a counter-balance to the conservative full-house of a Rush Limbaugh wedding - being a prominent gay man in the middle of it all?
Or is it some plan to get money from homophobes - $1 million dollars for what, an hour's work? - and turn around and use their conservative anti-gay money to fund really wonderful pro-gay and other charity work (there are the Elton John AIDS foundations, which have raised over $220 million to support innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS with projects in 55 countries...)
Or is it simply that it was a high-profile gig, sure to get him talked about in the news and the blogosphere here in the umpteeth year of his career? Some kind of political re-invention a la Madonna - insult the gay community every so often, just to stay in the public eye?
Or am I missing something?
Is it just that Rush Limbaugh has great taste in music, and wanted to dance to "Candle In The Wind" at his wedding, and the singer was happy to oblige?
Perhaps I'm too cynical. But looking at this story, I don't think so. In fact, I may not be cynical enough.
Oh, and perhaps the oddest part of this story:
"Limbaugh, who's had cochlear implants since 2001, has said he can't really "hear" any music he didn't experience before he became deaf."
Okay, what do you think?