Lady Gaga Being Sued in Russia for Promoting Gay Rights
Lady Gaga and Madonna have something else in common. Just like Madge before her, the Mother Monster is facing a lawsuit in Russia for promoting gay rights during her show in the country on Sunday, Dec. 9.
According to Reuters, Vitaly Milonov, a political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a member of the ruling United Russia party in the St. Petersburg assembly, is the politico behind the city law that bans gay "propaganda." Milonov has accused Gaga of breaking that law at the beginning of her show.
He said, "We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT community." Homosexuality was decriminalized in the region back in 1993. Even so, much of the LGBT population is forced to remain underground due to continued and rampant prejudice.
Milonov had launched an unsuccessful bid to get authorities to ban people under 18 from attending the show.
Media reports indicated that Gaga's management team was told she would be arrested and/or fined $50,000 if she opened her mouth and showed support of LGBT issues. If she received that threat, it didn't stop her, since she is the patron saint of gay rights in 2012. She will never pipe down when it comes to this issue. She was born this way, baby.
When Gaga arrived in Russia, she mentioned Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is the head of United Russia and who has suggested he does not toe his party line regarding gay rights, saying, "Not all human relationships are subject to legal regulation." Gaga thanked him via tweet for being open-minded and being against the propaganda law and for supporting her show.
Gaga's nemesis Madonna dealt with a similar suit regarding one of her shows. It was tossed out a few weeks ago.
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