September 17, 2015


Pranked! Vladimir Putin Did Not Call Elton John To Talk Gay Rights

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Update (9/17): Turns out we can't have nice things. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not call Sir Elton John, but someone did...a handful of pranksters. NBC News reports:

"On Wednesday, Vladimir Krasnov, a well-known Russian prankster, told NBC News that he and his partner, Alexei Stolyanov, were behind it. They also promised to air the conversation on Russian television and post it on YouTube."


Original story (9/15): Earlier this month, Sir Elton John went to the Ukraine and was pretty vocal about one thing: He wants to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin about gay rights. He told a crowd, Putin "may laugh behind my back" or "call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can have a conscience and say I tried."

Apparently Putin and his team caught wind of this and actually called the pop icon.

John wrote on his Instagram, "Thank you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today. I look to forward to meeting with you face to face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.” Too bad we have, like, zero idea what the pair actually said.

As you wait to learn more, peruse our list of artists who refuse to conform to gender norms