Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Boycott Elton John.....Here's Why
Re: Boycott Elton John.....Here's Why
Ronald W. Fox
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 22:38:52 -0600
>From eltonfan.com/index1.htm (select "News" and scroll down a bit in the
A Stone's Throw from Hurting
A raunchy dancing routine involving cubs and scout uniforms at Elton's
Stonewall show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on November 28, 1999,
has been blasted by Britain's Scout Association.
The extravaganza involved Elton singing solo with a pack of 6 teenage
male dancers in the keep-it-clean uniforms. They (not Elton) then stripped to
their boxer shorts.
Singing at the 10th birthday party for the gay rights group Stonewall, Elton
gave a rendition of The Pet Shop Boys' It's A Sin and In Private.
Scout Association spokesman John Fogg said: "We think it is pretty
deplorable what they have done, in terms of denigrating our uniform and what
it stands for. We are disappointed a star of Elton John's calibre
something that was so lacking in taste."
The Scout Association said it has gay Scouts and gay leaders and there are
strict rules of conduct for them, whatever their sexual orientation. The
Association said it didn't discriminate between people who are gay or
and has had girls in the Scouts for 10 years.
Children's charity Childline also objected, saying: "It was clearly
be fun but we consider it was misguided and sent out an unfortunate
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie, who was among celebrities in
the audience at the Royal Albert Hall Monday, was reported by British
newspapers to be "stunned" by the performance.
The event was seized upon by British tabloid newspaper The Sun, which
published photos on its front cover and inside for its edition of November
A spokesman for Elton told The Sun tabloid: "The whole performance was a
bit of high camp in the great British tradition of comedy like Benny Hill.
It was meant to be a bit of fun for an appropriate audience."
"I think what Stonewall have done is to link again homosexuality with
paedophilia," the Scouts movement added.
The British scouting movement is trying to shake off accusations that
paedophiles are attracted to work as scouting leaders as a way of coming into
contact with young children.
It was Stonewall's annual Equality Show, now in its 7th year. It's the
indoor paid-for gay and lesbian event in Europe. The concert has featured
stars like the Pet Shop Boys and Eddie Izzard in the past. Sunday's line up
included Culture Club, Julian Clary, Lily Savage and Graham Norton.
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