The fallout over Brexit has made world-class singer Elton John hate his own country of origin, so much so that he no longer wishes to be classified as British, favoring the more progressive term European.
According to The Guardian, the “Rocketman” singer delivered his anti-British remarks in Verona while on his last world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. He referred to his fellow countrymen as “stupid, colonial, imperialist” idiots.
“I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart,” Elton John said. “I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.”
As noted by The Guardian, the singer has been quite open about his despondency over Brexit. In July of last year, he said that the pro-Brexit crowd sold a bill of goods to the ignorant masses.
“I don’t think people in Britain were told the truth to start with,” John said. “They were promised something that was completely ridiculous and wasn’t economically viable.”
John went on to liken Brexit to “walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way out.”
Elton John made headlines recently with a little bit of a politically incorrect statement of his own when he said that straight actors should be able to play gay characters in films.
“That’s all bulls***, I’m sorry,” John said in reference to the upcoming biopic about his life starring Taron Egerton. “If people don’t like it, review-wise, or it doesn’t make one dollar, it’s the movie I wanted to make and that’s all that counts I can look back and say, ‘You know what, I love it. I can live with it.’”
The singer’s sentiment over Brexit reflects the attitude of what many remainers felt following the 2016 vote, which has a striking similarity to the mainstream left’s reaction to President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the same year. Here’s what Fareed Zakaria of CNN had to say about the pro-Brexit crowd shortly after they proved victorious:
We are now watching the emergence of a new political divide that is likely to shape the politics of the Western world for the next 50 years. Who voted for Brexit? 68% of Britons who did not finish high school according to the Wall Street Journal, and who voted against it? In other words who voted to stay in Europe? 70% of college graduates. Those who voted for Brexit were disproportionately older, white, working class, less educated, and poorer. Those who voted to remain in Europe were younger, ethnically diverse, better educated and better off. These divisions will sound familiar to Americans because for the most part, they mirror the divide we’re seeing this presidential election. The single factor that best predicts a Trump voter is a college degree. If you have it, you say you will vote against him. If you don’t, you’re for him.
Despite the cruel smears from the likes of Elton John and Fareed Zakaria — not to mention an entire political class intent on crushing Brexit where it stands — the movement has not lost its fervor among its supporters. In the recent European parliament elections, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party snagged 29 of the 73 British EU seats available and almost a third of the votes, according to The Washington Times.