Saw this article on yesterday’s Straits Times.
Why orchid for Elton?
I read with great disappointment that Elton John has been given the honour of having an orchid named after him (Orchid Named After Elton John, Prime, Nov 19). I am dismayed that his partner David Furnish and their adopted son Zachary (both right with John) were also publicised to ‘share his honour’.
There are other celebrities and dignitaries more deserving than this pair. Singapore would be seen in a much better light on the world stage if, for example, recent F1 champion Sebastian Vettel had been accorded this privilege instead.
Is homosexuality to be openly encouraged and endorsed by the Government?
I also read this article with great disappointment. Why doesn’t Sir Elton John deserve an Orchid? He is a great musician and philanthropist. He donated money and help raise awareness towards AIDS. So what if he is gay? Does that overwrite his achievements and make him any less deserving? Then why not go ask the Queen why she knighted Elton John?
The orchid was named after Elton John to recognise his contributions to the field of music. I don’t think anyone can dispute his contribution. It would put Singapore in a bad light if we deny him this honor just because he is gay. It is time for all these LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) discrimination to end. It’s almost year 2012. Open up your mind.
And speaking of Orchid naming, there are other people who are less deserving of having an Orchid name after them. In 2009, Botanic Garden named an Orchid after Thein Sein, Prime Minister of Myanmar appointed by the military junta. I wonder if Josephine Tay knows about that.