Singer Elton John sat down with E! News correspondant David Burtka to share his personal story of being bullied. Altho most people believe that bullying takes place only in school settings, Elton reveals that he was bullied in adulthood. I find this interview very curious because it comes just 2 months after Elton and his husband David Furnish engaged in very public, very hateful bullying against Madonna (over her Golden Globe win for Best Original Song, a category that Elton was also nominated for). In his attempt to lend support to the powerful documentary film Bully, Elton is trying to show that he has been a victim of bullying … without really taking responsibility for his own bullying behavior. HMMM.
If you thought bullying stops after high school, you’re sadly mistaken. As the constant debate concerning the theatrical release of Bully continues, Elton John got candid with E! News’ David Burtka during an exclusive interview recalling his own struggle with being bullied, even as an adult megastar. “It was about control and them being able to keep me under their thumb,” he tells us. “And I was the perfect candidate for it. Even though I was famous and a big deal, it doesn’t matter, it’s who you are underneath that, and I was always kind of shy and intimidated.” Elton adds, “One was violent and the other two were mentally violent. They were very important people in my life. They were important people in my career and and in my personal life.” The Grammy-winning artist admitted to being physically hit by his tormentors, and although he kept mum on the situation, he urges others that are victimized to contact someone about their issue. “Speak out, speak out. Snitch on them. Try to defend yourself, not like me, who hid it and thought it was OK to just go on like it.” As for the bullies, “Your insecurities are what drive you to do this. You need to consider your consequences. I’m sure underneath it, you’re all very nice people. We’ve all made mistakes in our life—this is a good time now to correct your mistakes and help people.” He continues, “We have to nip this in the bud, too many people have died. Too many young people have committed suicide because they’ve been frightened of 15-16-year-olds.”
Look, I get and greatly respect that Elton John is trying to shed light on the subject of bullying and his support of the documentary film Bully is very important. I just can’t help but feel his words ring with some bit of hallow hypocrisy especially in light of the very public bullying tactics he has used against Madonna for years. How can you take someone serious when they say, We have to stop bullying because I have been a victim of bullying in adulthood when they very famously engaged in the same behavior they are speaking out against (only weeks ago!). Not only that, but Elton’s husband David Furnish took his bullying tactics to Facebook … which is where a lot of cyberbullying takes place amongst teens. I mean, it’s ridiculous! I think it would help Elton’s standing if he would just own up to his behavior and publicly acknowledge his bullying behavior and then apologize for it. If he truly wants to help the anti-bullying cause, he needs to man up and take responsibility for his own actions before taking the “poor me” route.