Elton John lashes out at Taiwanese press
September 23 2004 11:00 PM ET
British rock star Elton John, in Taipei, Taiwan, for a concert, swore at reporters who swarmed around him at the airport Thursday and called them "rude, vile pigs." Wearing a bright blue tracksuit and dark sunglasses, the star shouted expletives as he was mobbed by photographers and TV crew. "Rude, vile pigs!" he shouted at the reporters at the Chiang Kai-shek airport after he arrived shortly after midnight. "Do you know what that means? Rude, vile pigs. That's what all of you are." One of the photographers shouted back: "Why don't you get out of Taiwan?" John replied: "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig! Pig!" The singer, who recently performed in Shanghai and Hong Kong, is scheduled to leave after his first performance in Taiwan on Thursday.