While America is currently reeling from the divisive election of Donald Trump, Britain is of course dealing with the after effects of the equally controversial Brexit vote. Sir Elton John has spoken on the after effects of the vote to leave the EU, and the anti-gay rhetoric that has been bubbling under the surface since the vote.
He spoke on this topic with The Observer, saying: “You know, I don’t like it here at the moment, to be honest. I don’t like the hatred here. It’s like David said recently, it’s like a boil has been lanced that was there for a long time and suddenly all this hatred has come to the surface.”
“People have been OK about gay marriage and things like that and suddenly they’re not. I have never, ever thought this of this country until now. I was always proud to come from here and to live here, because there are different opposing views about everything but it’s a pretty civilised place. At the moment, though, it’s not, and I don’t like it. It’s horrible.”
Sir Elton said on the rise of homophobia: “It’s just extraordinary. We live in very strange times, but there are voices of reason and they need to be heard.”
He also touched on the President-elect Donald Trump: “This election is like waiting to see if you’ve got cancer or not. You’ve gone for the scan and you’re going to get the result in a few days. Trump is the only person I have ever known who can tell out-and-out lies and people just don’t seem to care. ‘I survived an assassination attempt.’ No you fucking didn’t. He tweeted it and his son tweeted it and it’s just lies. It’s like the world’s gone mad.”