Elton John Responds to Putin Prank: 'Homophobia is Never Funny'

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Sir Elton John is responding to the pranksters who punk'd him this week by posing as Russian President Vladimir Putin after the legendary musician urged the Russian despot to call him to discuss the country's controversial "homosexual propaganda law."

The Associated Press reported Wednesday two Russian TV pranksters, Vladimir "Vovan" Krasnov and Alexei "Lexus" Stolyarov, claimed they were the ones behind the prank call (the men are known for prank-calling Russian and Ukrainian celebs) and pretended to be Putin, leading John to believe he spoke with the Russian leader about LGBT rights.

While some may find the prank funny, the pop star wasn't laughing, calling the joke an "unfortunate incident," Gay Star News reports.

"Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however is never funny. I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands," John said. "I will always stand up for those that are being degraded and discriminated against. If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion."


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