Elton John has criticised the Catholic Church for hypocrisy in what represents one of the most predictable chapters in a bi-millennium long nettlesome debate. When rock and roll was first accused by the Catholic Church of being the devil’s music because it shifted dollars from the collection box to guitar case, it would seem that this was the predestined future of the secularised transition.
The pop sensation recently took to Twitter to make a statement that condemned the church, stating: “How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in Rocketman – a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy.”
The statement proved to be divisive with many quick to point out the irony that he had, of course, also profited from the Catholic Churches investment in the movie. Whilst others celebrated the bravery of the musician in speaking up regarding the matter.
Elton John’s tweet contained screenshots from an article by the Daily Beast which documented some of the Vatican’s ongoing investments into pop-culture. Amongst which was $4.5m USD pledged towards the productions of Men in Black: International and Rocketman.
The biopic eventually grossed around $200m at the box office, proving to be both a commercial and critical hit. The investment raised, however, owing to the fact that the feature was rated R in America and featured scenes that depicted gay intercourse. The movie not only championed equality but also the unifying power of music.
Profiting from something that the church has condemned in the past and financially propagating a movie that celebrates gay marriage whilst openly refusing to sanction them, has made it a difficult argument for the church to respond to, therefore, they haven’t.
Various news outlets have contacted the Vatican for further comment regarding Elton John’s Tweet, but they are yet to make any public announcement.