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Anti-gay Russians sue Madonna for $10.5 million for ‘promoting homosexuality’

Sunday, August 19, 2012

MOSCOW — Pop icon Madonna is being sued for more than $10 million by a group of anti-gay Russian activists who claimed they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Russian news agencies quoted Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing nine activists, as saying the suit was filed Friday against Madonna, the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held, seeking damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5 million.

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The complaint includes a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience, reported RIA Novosti.

Anti-gay sentiment runs high in Russia.

In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February and which came into force on March 30, makes it a crime to disseminate “gay propaganda” or “promote” homosexuality to minors.

Anti-gay Russian activists pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna’s concert on Aug. 9.

The lawsuit comes just two days after Madonna angered conservative Russians with her support for the punk band Pussy Riot — three of the band’s members were sentenced Friday to two years in prison for a protest inside a Moscow cathedral.

After the verdict was issued, Madonna called on “all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment.”

St. Petersburg is one of four regions in Russia to criminalize the dissemination of “gay propaganda” — the others are the Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma regions.

Supporters of the ordinance say the law is necessary in order to promote traditional Russian values.

In March, Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party introduced a bill in the country’s parliament, the Duma, which would impose the ban at the national level.

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53 more reader comments:

  1. I can’t even hold mu laughter.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:07am
  2. she will not pay.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:07am
  3. Lol. Seriously.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:08am
  4. HA

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:09am
  5. Good luck, haha.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:09am
  6. ha. ain’t even news.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:10am
  7. Am I going to get sued for living?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:10am
  8. hilarious

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:10am
  9. Tough shit….the russians need to get over it.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:10am
  10. haha i love how they can sue her! but we cant sue the Country of Russia for being Stupid! Our laws forbid Communist actions so lets all Sue Russia!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:11am
  11. I thought this was an article on the Onion at first haha.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:11am
  12. Write them a check Madge. On the memo line notate the words ‘Fuck you’ and ‘Ignorant Neanderthal’.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:11am
  13. Does this mean the LGBT community can sue them for supporting heterosexuality?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:14am
  14. What is with Russia lately? Those people are seriously wayyy too delusional. -_-

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:14am
  15. Fuck them, ridiculous homophobes. She is not promoting it, she’s aknowledging and accepting it. She should tell them to kiss her ass!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:16am
  16. So I can sue my country and state for pushing their heterosexual agenda on me all my life? Can I sue the media for forcing the heterosexual lifestyle on me as a child, for making me feel different, bad, sick, depressed or suicidal?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:18am
  17. anywayRussian people go back 200 years…..:(

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:18am
  18. Support LOVE. Who cares what gender, colour, age, size, political party, etc. LOVE IS LOVE. <3

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:22am
  19. Love you Emily!! brilliant just brilliant.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:24am
  20. That story just had me laughing.. truly amazingly ridiculous!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:26am
  21. Me thinks that Putin, the puppetmaster behind this, protests too much: what is his story behind the topless shots and derring-do feats, BTW?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:26am
  22. Russia, how United States Conservative of you.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:27am
  23. damn when will this world get out of the stone ages and stop making such a big deal about who someone choose to love i am just beyond tired of seeing this sort of thing, really pissing me off.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:27am
  24. Wacked !

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:31am
  25. Freedom for Pussy Riot

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:31am
  26. Fuk a dam russian yo. An fuk u anti gay bitches..

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:31am
  27. Madonna destroy them!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:32am
  28. You know, I think she will pay, because she can. I then see her taking an equal amount and devoting it to pro-equality groups within Russia and around Europe. Stuff of fantasy, maybe, but just imagine….

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:34am
  29. I dont like Madonna, but this makes me mad

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:40am
  30. Wow.. They don’t stand even stand a chance

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:42am
  31. They obviously won’t win.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:48am
  32. I’m going to look into this more and see who I can email to see if there is anything that my organization can do to stop this from happening. No matter what all country’s in the world should accept all human rights no matter their beliefs, because Human Rights are for everybody and not for a certain group of people

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:48am
  33. Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:49am
  34. that’s sad hope madonna fights back

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:13pm
  35. mdna is going broke. her daughter LOLA will be very richer…..

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:17pm
  36. Are you kidding me,So can i sue this Russian activist cause there stupidity is offending me…………………….

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:24pm
  37. If they win, how would they collect it? Ask for extradition to Russia and put her in prison?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:30pm
  38. crazy

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1:01pm
  39. So stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1:23pm
  40. Can I sue them back for offensive idiocy?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1:29pm
  41. Omg.. These pppl are mutts !!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1:30pm
  42. Don’t give them shit Madonna!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 1:56pm
  43. STFU

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:03pm
  44. Screw the ones who are trying to Sue Madonna! Madonna has the Right to Speak the Truth! FREEDOM OF SPEACH! I’m all for Madonna Speaking how she feels! If they don’t like it, then they can F*** themselves. All it is, Is they want her Money.. I hope Madonna Fights Back! She didn’t do anything Wrong! The Problem is to many Straight People butting into our Gay people lives, They don’t live our lives, So who’s business is it of there’s how us Gays live Ours!! I SUPPORT QUEEN MADONNA!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:11pm
  45. Oh, please, really?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:24pm
  46. If Russia has a film studio, it must be called 16th Century Fox. Seriously people, join the real world.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:28pm
  47. Are you FRICKIN kidding me??? REALLY??? Sounds like they just need more money to promote thier BIGOTRY!!!! Dont let them win Madonna!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 3:14pm
  48. That is their probllem…..

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 3:22pm
  49. WOW

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:24pm
  50. should have nuked those fuckers when we had the chance

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:36pm
  51. Madonna can say whatever she want.Don’t let them win, Madge! Russian people are so stupid!

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:53pm
  52. Those aren’t Russian activists. They’re Russian mercenaries. And what do you want to bet Ms. Putin is behind it?

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 7:57pm
  53. i was just telling a friend , i think we’ll lose marrige rights in nov. (wa. state) because the orthaodox russians and evangelicals hate us and they vote.

    Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 12:24am