Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sir Elton John and Hillary

Photo from the Telegraph UK

The Rocket Man performed at Radio City Music Hall last night in support of Hillary's presidential campaign. The Telegraph reported:

Sir Elton John claimed that the "misogynistic attitudes" of some Americans were hampering Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes when he performed in a fund-raising event for her campaign. . .

He told the 5,000-strong audience: "I've always been a Hillary supporter. There is no one more qualified to lead America. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country. And I say to hell with them... I love you, Hillary. I'll be there for you."

His remarks, at an event not short on mutual adoration, echoed those of Mrs. Clinton, who said on Tuesday that there was a "double standard" in media coverage of the presidential race. . .

Before performing his song The Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes, he told the crowd: "This song is about a boy who was dying of Aids. At that time Ronald Reagan was president, and the Reagan administration did nothing to help people with Aids, and that is a disgrace."

. . .Introducing her latest - and most famous - celebrity fund-raiser as a "friend of Bill's and mine for many years", [Hillary] recalled how moved she had been when she heard him perform Candle In The Wind at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Confirming what most Americans know already, Mrs Clinton said she couldn't sing but, borrowing the title of an Elton John song, she added: "What I want you to know is 'I'm still standing' and I believe this country is worth fighting for."

The concert raised $2.5 million (£1.25 million). You can watch a video snippet, "Singing praise," here.