After the Catholic Church recently restated its stance against same-sex marriage, singer-songwriter Elton John took to Twitter to call out the “hypocrisy” of the Vatican “happily [making] a profit from investing millions in Rocketman.” The musician called the 2019 biographical musical film based on his life a movie in part a celebration of his “happiness from my marriage to David [Furnish, Canadian filmmaker and former advertising executive].”
As indicates, “John’s claims about the Vatican’s investment in Rocketman were first reported by the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera in December 2019.” Reportedly, the Vatican “invested more than 4 million euros, or about $5.1 million, into the production of Rocketman and Men In Black: International… $1.2 million went toward Rocketman.”
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@VaticanNews @Pontifex pic.twitter.com/sURtrWB6Nd
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) March 15, 2021
A spokesperson for Elton John told Newsweek, “[The Vatican’s] investment has been widely reported in many credible news outlets including the Financial Times. Aside from that, we are not able to comment any further.” According to , The Vatican is currently investigating these investments.
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