Sir Elton John Pranked By Russian Comedians
September 17, 2015 at 6:30 AM (PT)
Sir ELTON JOHN is making lemonade from lemons after being punked by a pair of Russian comedians. CBS NEWS reports, "the music icon is singing the blues this morning after learning that what he thought was a phone call from Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN -- one that has elicited reaction from the highest levels of politics and pop culture -- was actually a prank."
"He heard that you wanted to talk to him about important problems of the Russian life," a translator told JOHN on what was presented as a phone call from a PUTIN aide, to which JOHN responded, "That is incredible ... I'm not a politician but I would love to sit down with the president and discuss things face-to-face."
TUESDAY, THE KREMLIN made it official, denying it placed the call.
CBS NEWS notes, "on WEDNESDAY, it was revealed the 11-minute call was actually the work of two Russian comedians known as 'VOVAN' and 'LEXUS, adding, "they admitted that they contacted the music legend after JOHN's recent trip to UKRAINE. In the phone call, the pranksters mentioned the singer's meeting with PUTIN's main rival, Ukrainian President PETER POROSHENKO, then turned the conversation to gay rights -- a heated topic in RUSSIA, which is known for its discriminatory policies against gays and lesbians."
JOHN used the joke as an opportunity to make a point, posting on INSTAGRAM that while this was a joke, homophobia is not.