As ‘Pose’ wraps up, Elton John spills the tea: He’s the show’s biggest fan

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Ryan Murphy, left, Elton John, Mj Rodriguez, David Furnish and Steven Canals attended a “Pose” discussion Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
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Goodbye, yellow brick road, and hello surprise “Pose” panel appearance.

Elton John and husband David Furnish joined FX’s “Pose” stars Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez and series co-creators Steven Canals and Ryan Murphy for a discussion Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The duo, who rescheduled their vacation to attend the For Your Consideration panel, spoke onstage about their love for the show.

“My motto is no one gets left behind. No one should be left behind, no sex worker, no prisoner, to trans person, no intravenous drug user, no gay people. We have to embrace all of us, we have to embrace everybody,” John said during the drive-in event. “This program touched me more than any other series because of the journey that these people are on.”

“Pose,” which aired its final episode Sunday, broke barriers with its representation of the Black and Latinx LGBTQ community in New York City’s ballroom scene. The show takes place during the 1980s and 1990s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, which the “Tiny Dancer” singer lived through. The Elton John AIDS Foundation, launched in 1992, has raised more than $500 million to provide resources for those affected by the disease.

When Elton John flew to Los Angeles to make his U.S. debut at the Troubadour on Aug. 25, 1970, the prospect of a visit to America was so tantalizing to his British pals that many accompanied him.

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“This is a series where you laugh, and you cry, and you get angry, and you see people’s journey and how they fight,” the “I’m Still Standing” hitmaker said of the show, which made history as the first television series to have a predominantly transgender cast.

“And they are real people, and they are trans people who have made their life possible but, by God, they had to fight for it,” John continued. “They still have to fight for it, and they shouldn’t.”

Although Dominique Jackson, who plays the glamorous Elektra Abundance on “Pose,” wasn’t at the panel, there was still talk about her character, who has one admirer in particular.

“I mean, I am Elektra,” John said. “I am totally Elektra.”