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Lady Gaga accused of promoting gay rights at concert in Russia

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A conservative Russian lawmaker is threatening legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for allegedly promoting gay rights to minors during a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday night.

Vitaly Milonov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in the St Petersburg assembly and the architect of a city ordinance that bans gay “propaganda,” accused the singer of breaking the law at the beginning of her show, reported Reuters.

Lady Gaga, arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 7.
Photo via Lady Gaga on Facebook.

Lady Gaga, who has long campaigned for gay rights in the U.S., was accused of using her first appearance in Russia to show her support for LGBT people in the country.

“We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” Milonov charged.

Speaking through a translator from the stage, Gaga reportedly called for respect for gay rights, saying: “Lady Gaga wants to say that she expects respect from others – she’s not here to offend anyone’s religion or faith, she’s here to unite us.”

Offstage, Gaga said that her managers had received a call threatening her with arrest or a $50,000 fine she made any comments regarding gay rights, Reuters cited local media as saying.

Milonov said he plans to “contact prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the situation,” according to Life News, a Kremlin-friendly tabloid.

“When people tell kids ‘you must support sexual minorities’, that can create a false equivalence for them between traditional and non-traditional relationships,” he reportedly said.

Prior to the concert, Milonov had unsuccessfully attempted to bar anyone under 18 year old from attending.

Last month, a St Petersburg court dismissed a $10 million lawsuit against Madonna initiated by Milonov and a group of anti-gay activists for allegedly violating the same anti-gay “propaganda” law during a concert in August.

Madonna responded by calling the city ordinance a “ridiculous atrocity.”

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30 more reader comments:

  1. What IS Lady Gaga promoting?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:56pm
  2. looks like doby the house elf will be upset again

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:57pm
  3. Is this one a repeat?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:58pm
  4. probably same clowns that had that feminist band sent to prison

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:59pm
  5. What a monster woman!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:00pm
  6. I’m having deja vu- Pussy Riot will get arrested in a second.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:02pm
  7. Patrick – equality, tolerance and respect.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:05pm
  8. Accused lol like its a crime. Sick bastards ironicallhy they think gays are the sick ones

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:08pm
  9. John, you clearly did not get the joke I was making. Edgar Allen Poe Paradox.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:10pm
  10. Funny. Madonna was being accused of this not too long ago. Those people need to start getting their heads out of their asses and face reality. Big time.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:12pm
  11. Oh fuck them, didn’t they do the same to Madonna!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:12pm
  12. oh this is going to end well :|

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:13pm
  13. *facepalm*

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:13pm
  14. Russia is a Fascist state

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:17pm
  15. And that’s bad how??

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:22pm
  16. Madonna already did this.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:22pm
  17. Not so surprising seeing as how Russia is following in the footsteps of every single Islamic nation on the planet as well as Uganda in fight against the “homosexual agenda”.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:38pm
  18. Good for her! Putin is a MF

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:59pm
  19. Awesome!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:32pm
  20. AND!?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:34pm
  21. *smh* at criticism.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:38pm
  22. Huge cat fight b/w Madonna and her diva rival Gaga in the cell…that would be hawt…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:51pm
  23. First Madonna, now Lady Gaga………..Thank you!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:05am
  24. First Madonna now Gaga? Hey Russia…chillax

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:35am
  25. The way Russia is behaving makes me wish we would have nuked their asses back in the 80s when we had the chance.

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:52am
  26. Way to go gal…… did I say u love you for that

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:19am
  27. Accused? Haha, try I’m sure she was, only thing i like about her to be honest.

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:02am
  28. No shit!

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:36am
  29. ‘Accused’ ? What a give away word !

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 8:20am
  30. Russia is no better than Iran on LGBT rights. Awful place.

    Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:20am