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Vladimir Putin

Russia Loves Elton John

... Even Though He's Gay

1/19/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119_vladamir_putin_elton_john_gettyElton John is HUGE in Russia ... so gay people should feel totally welcome at the Olympics -- this according to President Vladimir Putin, who's trying like Hell to prove his country doesn't hate homosexuals.

Putin reiterated Russia would not discriminate against gay and lesbian athletes or visitors during the upcoming Sochi Olympics while speaking with the foreign press Sunday morning.

Putin used Elton as an example, calling him an "outstanding person (and) musician" -- and adding, "Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation."

For what it's worth ... Elton spoke out against the country's "gay propaganda law"  last month during a concert in Moscow saying, "In my opinion, it is inhumane and isolating."

Can you feel the love tonight?

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newsjunkie69    

Isn't Putin's sex slave boy, Medvedev?

221 days ago
17.

burning_plastic    

Worked for Eminem.

221 days ago
18.

TuxThePenguin    

Putin's got a bigger problem on his hands, right now...

221 days ago
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Just My Opinion    

Before I found out he was gay. I thought in his song he said electric boobs, he said electric boots. If he was a straight man, he would have said electric boobs, rather than boots.

221 days ago
20.

DTD    

What is up with Elton John's face? It looks like it was run over by a truck.

221 days ago
21.

Jillkp    

You idiots posting that he's a hypocrite to go for money don't know how to read. He's not going!

221 days ago
22.

static    

Putin is the Russian Bill Clinton.

221 days ago
23.

tgrfan42069    

gays hate this law.because they want to force acceptance of their lifestyle choice.when you have to pretty much force someone to accept a life style choice yo make.then maybe said lifestyle choice isnt a normal one

221 days ago
24.

kitnplayn    

LQQK at Putin trying to suggest that Russians are homophobes, when it is only Putin that is a homophobe. And a Dictator.

221 days ago
25.

LetsBeReAL    

Not everyone is anti-gay. Some of us are anti-flamboyant. I don't care what you do behind closed doors but I don't want to see your sexual orientation displayed either. The men I hung out with at gyms who are gay hate flamboyant gay men. They think they're the reason there's a slow progression with acceptance. Instead of some gay men trying to be a hair dresser, fashion stylist or editor at vogue, why don't you try and strive for a regular occupation. The more lawyers, doctors, and business CEOs that become successful the better for your cause. If you want equality, you need to earn it. It doesn't come just because you say so. You can't tell that the dude in the slick suit on Wall Street is gay because he doesn't prance around talking in a feminine voice and swinging around pearls. The men that behave feminine have either a chemical imbalance, seeking attention or have some real mental issues. Real gay men don't behave or act like the opposite sex. If being a hair dresser or stylist or even am editor is your passion then fine. But act like yourself. STOP playing the part of the stereotypical man. The men I've met who you could never tell their sexual orientation because they don't wear it on their sleeve are very successful & don't act like fools. And, no one cares who they love because it's none of our business!

221 days ago
26.

Tom Liebengood    

Elton would have played for HITLER FOR MONEY!

221 days ago
27.

LetsBeReAL    

Stereotypical gay*** man.

221 days ago
28.

Joe Blowe    

Can we have ONE fricking day when gays are NOT in the news, please?!

221 days ago
29.

VoiceOfReason    

Vladimir Puto

221 days ago
30.

mikensnowmass    

and putin is a total DBag even though he's straight?

More IMPORTANT,...BRONCOS all-the-way adios pats. only question now who will be the unfortunate team to play and lose against us in the big game?

Broncos AFC Div. Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

221 days ago
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