In December 2008, a London High Court ruled against Sir Elton John in his defamation case against Marina Hyde and The Guardian. He had claimed that the spoof column satirizing his charity work was a personal attack on him by the news magazine. The judge in the case disagreed.
The article poked fun at Sir Elton and joked that he held events such as the White Tie Ball for self-promotion and to meet celebrities and not to raise serious funds.
In the spoof, Sir Elton recounts singing Happy Birthday to former South African President Nelson Mandela, "I love you, you adorable, apartheid-fighting teddy bear."