Monday, August 20, 2012
MADONNA | Sued for supporting Gay Rights in Russia concert
Gay icon and gay right supporter Madonna is being sued for $10.5 million for her expressing support to Gay Rights at a recent concert in St. Petersburg.
Madonna created a wave of controversy in Moscow Wednesday, with her expressing support for the jailed Russian women of punk-rock band Pussy Riot.
In Russia, a law was passed in February wherein a strong anti-gay sentiment makes it illegal to promote anything about homosexuality around minors. The suit filed on Friday is pertaining exactly to their concern wherein a number of kids, as young as 12, were at Madonna’s August 9th performance in St. Peterburg, as she voiced her support for gays.
Madonna, together with the concert’s organizer and the venue, were all named in the lawsuit filed by nine activists.
The lawyer representing the complainants responded to criticism that the plaintiffs were stuck in the Middle Ages by telling a Russian news agency, “No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition… Modern civilization requires tolerance and respect for different values” reports Gossip Cop.
The lawsuit against Madonna was accompanied by a video footage of her St. Petersburg performance during which she stomped on an Orthodox cross and asked audience members to raise their hands with pink armbands — that were distributed at the concert — in a sign of support for gays and lesbians. Yikes!
Madonna has caused a stir on the road with her MDNA tour, having first exposed a left breast at a concert in Istanbul, then her right bosom in Paris, and mooning the crowd in Italy.
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