John M. Becker

2013 Emmy Writers Imply Homosexuality is a 'Lifestyle'

Filed By John M. Becker | September 23, 2013 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Elton John, Emmy Awards, Liberace, lifestyle, lifestyle choice

"[Liberace's] program aired in England, and I was keenly aware of his enormous talent and its impact on the musical world. (And my dress sense, of course.) What I was not aware of until years later was his lifestyle -- yeah right, ummm... oh well! -- which, due to the tenor of the times, had to be concealed."

-- Sir Elton John, balking mid-sentence on live television last night in brief remarks before his performance at the Emmy Awards. Sir Elton had clearly not written the speech and had likely not even read it before the telecast. It's unclear whether John bristled at the suggestion that he was unaware of Liberace's sexual orientation, or at the Emmy writers' jarringly incorrect use of the word "lifestyle" to describe being gay -- a term that hasn't been socially acceptable since the days of Liberace himself.


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