On Monday Elton John took to Instagram to write a very powerful message in which he blasted the Mayor of Venice, Italy for his recent ban of gay books.
Posting a picture of The Family Book by Todd Parr the legendary rocker explained how this was a favourite book in his household — he and husband David Furnish have two boys — and that “it champions an all-inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colours. And most importantly, that families are about love.”
According to Metro, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who was elected in June, has lived up to his campaign promises and passed a ban on books about homosexuality and discrimination in schools in the City of Bridges — and Elton John has a lot to say about it.
Elton explained his views in the caption to his picture, writing, “And in the opposing corner we have Luigi Brugnaro, the extremely silly looking mayor of Venice. He’s stupidly chosen to politicise children’s books by banning titles that touch on same sex families living happily ever after.
“So instead of encouraging a world based on inclusiveness, tolerance and love, he’s championing a future society that’s divisive and fosters ignorance.”
The “Your Song” hitmaker finished his post with a comment about how Venice really is sinking, not only literally but morally too.
“Beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as fast as the boorishly bigoted Brugnaro. #ShareTheLove,” he concluded.
Elton makes a great point about why gay books should not be banned and that doing so creates further discrimination and intolerance towards the LGBT community. On the other end of the scale, Brugnaro insists that it is parents who should educate their children and not the schools.
According to The Telegraph, Brugnaro previously said: “We don’t want to discriminate against anyone and at home parents can call themselves daddy number one and daddy number two, but I have to consider the majority of families, which have a mum and a dad. It is parents who should educate children about these things, not schools.”
Should children’s books be politicised? And do you agree with Elton John’s views? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.