Did Elton John stop performing in the United States due to its anti-grooming laws?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Elton John Bans US Over Anti-Grooming Laws!
People are sharing an Epoch Times article, as evidence that Elton John singled out anti-grooming laws as the reason why he will no longer perform in the United States.
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Truth : Elton John Did Not Ban US Over Anti-Grooming Laws!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created about the LGBTQIA community, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Elton John Does Not Want Another US Residency
Let me just start by pointing out that Elton John never said that he will no longer perform in the United States, after his farewell tour ends.
In his interview with Radio Times, what Elton John said was that he still plans to continue performing after his three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour ends. He was interested in a residency – playing at a single venue, but not in the United States of America.
In other words, Elton John does not intend to go back for a third Las Vegas residency. As his husband and manager, David Furnish explained:
Fact #2 : Elton John Dislikes Violence + Discrimination In America
Elton John has been outspoken about what he dislikes about America – violence and discriminatory laws. However, he has never been against any anti-grooming law, as claimed.
It is odd that the Epoch Times article cut off part of Elton John’s quote, where the 76 year-old singer pointed out the discriminatory law in Florida where a doctor can refuse to treat a gay patient.
Here was what Elton John said in full, with the part that was cut out in the Epoch Times article in bold:
It’s amazing how the narrative changes when such a large part of what Elton John said was cut out. Perhaps that was precisely why it was cut out…
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Fact #3 : HB 1557 Is The Anti-Grooming Bill
The Epoch Times article then talks about House Bill 1557 (HB 1557 : Parental Rights in Education), which regulates public schools in Florida.
This is the so-called “Anti-Grooming Bill“, which prohibits public schools from discussing or teaching students about sexual orientation or gender identity, from kindergarten up to grade three.
Presumably, Florida lawmakers believe that teaching children about gender identity and sexual orientation is how children are groomed into accepting sexual abuse. As Christina Pushaw – the press secretary of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, explained:
Fact #4 : Elton John Referred To SB 1580, Not HB 1557
Elton John never mentioned any Florida law concerning children, education, or public schools in his interview with Radio Times.
He only referred to a completely different Florida law – SB 1580 : Protections of Medical Conscience Bill, which allows healthcare providers and insurers to deny patient care based on religious, moral or ethical beliefs.
This SB 1580 law has absolutely nothing to do with children or their education, which is covered by the completely different HB 1557 law (see above).
So why did The Epoch Times bring up HB 1557 (the so-called Anti-Grooming Bill), which Elton John never mentioned in his interview? Misunderstanding? Misdirection? Misinterpretation? Misinformation?
But if Elton John did not bring up HB 1557, then how can anyone claim that he singled out “anti-grooming laws” as the reason why he will no longer perform in the US?
Fact #5 : Elton John Wanted To Spend More Time With His Family
Even more oddly, The Epoch Times article ended by pointing out that Elton John does not want to do a residency in the United States because he wanted to spend more time with his husband and children in Britain!
This completely contradicts the same article’s earlier claim that Elton John is refusing to perform in the US because of its “anti-grooming laws”! It is as if the article was written by two different people, or an AI chatbot!
In any case, the last sentence in The Epoch Time article completely refutes the premise of its title and earlier claim:
If you are into soccer, this is what is known as an “own goal”…
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Fact #6 : This Is Just Epoch Times Misinformation
The Epoch Times, which is affiliated with the Falun Gong religious movement, is notorious for pushing out conspiracy theories and misinformation. Here are just some of their “work” that I fact checked:
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Fact #7 : The Epoch Times Appears To Be Promoting It
Interestingly, the Urchin Tracking Module (UTM) parameters at the end of some of these links suggest that The Epoch Times may be promoting the article through certain partners. For example:
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