Musicians' boycott of Arizona ripped by ... Elton John?

First he plays Rush’s wedding, then he plays Israel, now this. Last time we wrote about him I joked that he’ll be playing tea-party rallies soon, but now I’m thinking maybe we should aim higher. Dude, one word: Convention.

Elton John didn’t mince words in slamming his fellow musicians for boycotting Arizona over the controversial SB 1070 immigration law. From the stage at his sold-out Tucson Arena concert Thursday night, John savored a few choice, not-so-family-friendly words:

“We are all very pleased to be playing in Arizona. I have read that some of the artists won’t come here. They are (expletive)wits! Let’s face it: I still play in California, and as a gay man I have no legal rights whatsoever. So what’s the (expletive) with these people?”

Yeah, good question. Although if he had wanted to be really cheeky in challenging the boycotters’ orthodoxies, he could have reminded them which demographic in California most strongly supports the gay marriage ban. Exit question: Just thinking out loud, would Elton play some sort of Republican event? His rationale all along for reaching out to constituencies on the left’s enemies list has been to build bridges, and there’s plenty of room for a new bridge when it comes to Republicans and gay rights. Hmmm.