Elton John Blasts GOP Rep’s HIV Quarantine Comment: Horrific, Discriminatory, And Astonishingly Ill-Informed

Politico reports:

Elton John Monday condemned Georgia state Rep. Betty Price, wife of former HHS Secretary Tom Price, for making comments suggesting that HIV patients be quarantined.

The singer, an advocate for HIV patients, said that Price’s comments captured on videotape during a legislative meeting last week are “horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed.”

“As a doctor and elected official from a state where people are still contracting HIV at an alarming rate, Mrs. Price should know better than to demonize people and perpetuate myths that stigmatize people living with HIV,” John said in a statement released through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Elton is a longtime resident of Atlanta. Price is a medical doctor and is married to former HHS Sec. Tom Price, who resigned last month after a private jet scandal. Yesterday she defended her statements as merely “provocative.”

In 2005, Elton performed at Trump’s third wedding. In December of that year Trump celebrated Elton with a blog post:

There’s a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Elton John married his long-time partner David Furnish on December 21. That’s the first day that civil partnerships between gay couples became legal in England under the new Civil Partnership Act.

Elton credits David with helping him kick drug and alcohol addictions that nearly killed him. The pair has been together for 12 years. I know both of them and they get along wonderfully. It’s a marriage that’s going to work.

Elton made the ceremony a small private affair involving only his and David’s parents as witnesses. The couple just didn’t want to make a big deal out of the wedding. They really wanted to keep things low key.

In any event, I’m very happy for them. If two people dig each other, they dig each other. Good luck, Elton. Good luck, David. Have a great life. (But because I wasn’t invited, do I still have to send them a toaster?)

  • MBear

    Didnt his buddy Douche Limpaugh state similar?

    And: Elton who?

  • Charlie In SF

    Thank you; somebody needs to stand up to these bigots

  • Smokey

    “horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed.”
    A perfect description of today’s GOP and this administration.

  • JWC

    Her comments almost take the GOP back to the Reagan times (as if it ever left) Reagan was so anti gay he was willing to just let it happen, Let the problem take care of itself .In his own way was just as dusgusting as Trump is today. This bitch just brought it back to light

    • LeeCMH

      And the band played on.

  • safari

    I’m feeling particularly bitchy and angry today.

  • JoeMyGod

    Since its 1992 founding, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised over $200 million, which it uses to support HIV/AIDS programs in 55 nations.

    • netxtown

      Thank you, Elton.

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  • Alpha 50327

    I will never let him off the hook for playing that shitbag’s wedding. However, he was pretty funny in Kingsman: Golden Circle.

    • netxtown

      I can only imagine how much it grated Rushy to fork over that kind of money to a leading homo – just to keep new wifey happy (ie get laid). I fully support ANY homo taking money from idiots like R. Limpdick.

  • james1200

    We need to learn to talk to each other in much more civil way in this country.

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  • Harveyrabbit
  • TrueWords

    Maybe they need to quarantine people with ECD….Evangelical Christian Disorder. The world would be a better place.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • worstcultever
      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        This *Should happen

      • Todd20036

        I’d rather see Justin’s dick over Jacksons nipple anyway

    • HZ81

      Backlash?

      Yes, the faux uproar (almost completely one right-winger group, btw) only happened because a black woman showed nip during their precious football game (surely, Jesus approves of this sport above all others) but…

      It was her tragic, lame “Wardrobe Malfunction” response that really sank her. Such bullshit. Certainly lowered my opinion of her. I’ve only enjoyed Feedback since.

      Sorry for the babbling.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I enjoy the babble.

      • Mike Rasor

        Probably worth noting the “Wardrobe Malfunction” statement was made by Justin Timberlake not Janet Jackson. She actually made a statement that took some responsibility.

        • HZ81

          That is worth noting, thanks. We’ll have to disagree on her statement—AND NEVER SPEAK AGAIN! (HZ huffs out of room to smoke a Virginia Slim 100 on the patio while NOT tearing up).

    • CottonBlimp

      What does Justin Timberlake have to do with Janet Jackson’s nip slip? The EW article apparently considers that obvious enough to not have to explain.

      • -M-

        He ripped off more than he was supposed to.

        • CottonBlimp

          So Timberlake was responsible for the Nip Slip, Timberlake has been invited back by the NFL but Jackson hasn’t, and people are pissed about that?

          • -M-

            Yes. Although the NFL says she isn’t banned. So I’m sure she’s thrilled.

  • M Jackson

    KD Lang hands out the toasters and no you can’t have one.

    • Matt Henley

      Unless its for the bath tub.

      • M Jackson

        Excellent plan.

    • Friday

      Constant craving for toast. 🙂

  • HZ81

    Thank you everybody. Now, I’d like to dedicate Your Song to my good friend, Rush Limbaugh.

    This Queen…

  • Cuberly Deux

    That bizarre celebrity dividend, where you’ve done great charitable work, but you also mingle and even perform for some less than desirable celebrities. Some of which are truly enemies of equality cuz that’s their gig. And, that strange firewall is there dividing those cross purposed issues, rationalizing it all as just another day.

    Bizarre.

    Yes, Elton, Price is a fucking vile asshole.

    • Ander

      Yea, I don’t get it either.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Maybe, with that amount of money in your pocket, it’s like novocaine.

    • Friday

      As for the Trump thing, he was basically always just another rich clown pretending he was good at something besides spending.

  • LeeCMH

    It is Betty Price’s word choice that adds extra offense. “They don’t die as readily.

    • Stogiebear

      “The nerve of those people!”

  • MikeBx2

    I met Elton John once in Atlanta. We were in the same grocery store one late evening, across from where he lived. It was from a considerable distance and he was walking out the door. The cashier had to tell me it was him. But I’m counting it as a meeting. Not to brag or anything. haha

    • Friday

      Almost every time I actually ever met a celebrity I’d tend to think it was someone I was supposed to know from somewhere and then I’d be all awkward about being friendly while having no clue who they were, out of context, which would sometimes make them think they were in the same boat regarding me, maybe, or just glad I had no clue who they are and that was fun too, I dunno. 🙂 (I doubt that would happen these days, but I used to look pretty striking and get asked if I was in a band or something, despite not looking like anyone in particular I could ever really figure out. 🙂 )

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “But I’ll still play at your wedding.”

    • carrot festival

      You misspelled “$till”.

  • Mike

    Price doesn’t know what quarantine means. She seems to think it means putting infected people into prison for the rest of their lives—as that were a thing except in the fevered imagination of a Republican. Even the odious William F. Buckley only called for HIV-ers to be tattooed for easy ID.

    These are the scums of the earth, and this is who the dumbbells vote for in every election.

  • IDavid

    She is an all American embarrassment. Sorry the world had to encounter her flagellent drivel. Is nincomtard a word?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Elton lives in Atlanta? Why? (No offense to Atlanta, but with all the money in the world ..,)

  • Johnny Wyeknot
  • She must have graduated from Walmart Tech and interned in the Oil & Lube department.