After being taken in by a prankster pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, singer Elton John responded by putting an upbeat spin on the whole affair.
As we reported yesterday, the prank by two Russian TV personalities led to a bit of tension between the singer and the Kremlin, with John asserting that Putin had called him to discuss gay rights in Russia while the Kremlin denied any such call had taken place.
Reuters reports that the British singer said today “he was ‘happy to be pranked’ by two Russian comedians impersonating Vladimir Putin if the incident helped shine a spotlight on gay discrimination.”
John reportedly wrote today on his Instagram account: “Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however is never funny.”
He added: “I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands. I will always stand up for those that are being degraded and discriminated against.”