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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cher, Elton, Jesus and the Whales

Both Cher and Elton John have again been shooting from the hip when talking to the press, serving up new controversy.

Cher took time from her currently ongoing Dressed to Kill farewell tour to diss SeaWorld. The diva Tweeted it was a "heinous corp" that "pretends 2 care 4 whales" but "It is $ and only $ that motivates them."

This isn't the pop goddess' first outing as an animal rights activist. Last year, she offered $500,000 to the Los Angeles Zoo for the release of Billy the Elephant, a pachyderm in peril, described as "overweight, depressed and sexually frustrated." For $500,000, I swear I could release myself from these issues should Cher so feel inclined to offer me this kind of incentive!

Kudos to Cher, however, for making time to speak out on behalf of the animal kingdom. And gypsies, tramps and thieves as well! I think it's safe to say we won't see her opening her act riding a humpback whale. Even Cher has her limits. And principles. And so does Elton John. (How was that for a segue I ask you?)

Mr John has come a long way from an "I'm Still Standing" closet case to a sitting-pretty gay rights activist, speaking out during the Russian Winter Olympics on behalf of that country's LGBT population. He recently courted controversy when he said on the UK's Sky News, on the topic of  marriage equality:

If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.

In a 2010 Q&A with America's Parade magazine, Elton John called Jesus Christ a "super-intelligent gay man." In the Sky interview, John also praised Pope Francis and discussed his plans to marry long-time companion, David Furnish.

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