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Pseudo-lesbian pop duo awaits viewers of Sochi Olympics opening

Friday, February 7, 2014
Mark Humphrey, APRussian duo t.A.T.u. Lena Katina, third from left, and Yulia Volkova, second from left, perform on stage before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

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Russian duo t.A.T.u. Lena Katina, third from left, and Yulia Volkova, second from left, perform on stage before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

SOCHI, Russia — The pseudo-lesbian Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. is performing at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, with a song about two schoolgirls in love.

It’s a curious choice for Friday’s event, designed to showcase Russia to the world just as many activists and world leaders are angry over a Russian law against gay rights “propaganda.”

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The event’s producer said tATu’s “Not Gonna Get Us” was chosen because it’s one of the only Russian pop songs that international viewers might recognize.

Konstantin Ernst, the ceremony’s director, said the choice was about motivating athletes with an upbeat dance song that challenges competitors by saying “you’re not going to get us.”

While the singers put on a “lesbian act,” they are not championing gay rights — the performance is largely seen as an attention-getting gimmick that contrasts with the very real anger over a Russian law banning gay “propaganda” aimed at minors that is being used to discriminate against gays.

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  1. pseudo lesbians?

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:09pm
  2. they make out in videos to get viewers

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:10pm
  3. well thats stupid.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:16pm
  4. sex sells

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:26pm
  5. They pretended to be lesbians and in love with each other for years as a gimmick to sell records. Come to find out they are not gay or in love. Pseudo just means fake so fake lesbians.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:29pm
  6. Putin and Tatu stupid shrimp

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:38pm
  7. Is that like the "political" lesbians they used to have here?

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:39pm
  8. They are married to guys as far as I know. Cheap pseudo.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:47pm
  9. Pop bubble gum music- non political-desperate P.R. Move

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:09pm
  10. Ja ja ja, si son bien torillas ¡¡

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:10pm
  11. No,solo fingían para llegar al mercado americano. No son lesbianas de verdad,además han hablado en mas de una entrevista de su apoyo a la política conservadora y anti gay del Kremlin.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:20pm
  12. Bueno sea lo que sea, finalmente pueden parte de la máquinaria de PUTIN o parte de la lucha LGBTI, no crees?

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:28pm
  13. They haven’t been “lesbians” in over a decade….

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:11pm
  14. A total stunt..just like they’re short horrible career.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:12pm
  15. Is that TaTu

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13pm
  16. Fuck Tatu then whaha The Rainbow Flag Will Wave Anyway ;)

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13pm
  17. They are not pro gay,they are conservative (stated by themselves in interviews they are also supporting the Kremlin's anti gay law) And they are not lesbians it was a marketing strategy to hit the american market

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:24pm
  18. oh okey then i get it wrong , i thought it was a statement against the anti gay laws ;) i will change the tekst ;)

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:27pm
  19. I hope they’re pro-gay

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13pm
  20. they aren’t lesbians; they are performing for ‘shock value’

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:13pm
  21. Not watching the debacle.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:15pm
  22. WTF is a PSEUDO lesbian?

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:16pm
  23. More like fake lesbian...By the way they are also stated their support to the conservative (anti-gay) Kremlin's posture.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:21pm
  24. They pretended to be lesbians and in love with each other for years as a gimmick to sell records. Come to find out they are not gay or in love. Pseudo just means fake so fake lesbians.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:31pm
  25. More like On-The-Down-Low Lesbians who get all hot when they kiss but deny they are creaming in their undies

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:31pm
  26. Ugh.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:17pm
  27. This is low. Im quite disappointed in tATu now. Its one thing to use sexy lesbians to further your career, but when its actively working against our cause, its downright disrespectful
    How the hell am I supposed to explain to my straight friends that this is a slap in the face?
    ‘Russia let lesbians perform at the Olympics so it cant be that bad’
    Umm no, they are still killing MY people in the streets, all the while spitting in our face with this ‘lesbian’ performance
    They arent Tegan & Sarah, their tATu, gay for pay

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:18pm
  28. in tat u now?????

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:27pm
  29. excuse me?

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:27pm
  30. OH SHIT go for it.. love this band anyways :) hahah ..

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:19pm
  31. great

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:20pm
  32. Whaaat????? :O

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:20pm
  33. They made the song “all the things she said” I love that! It’s still my jam. If I’m not mistaken, they were a pseudo lesbian group created by a guy that liked seeing young girls

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:21pm
  34. They put oil on the fire

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:24pm
  35. Who writes this shit?

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:25pm
  36. Good on them!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:27pm
  37. Tatum loves you …. Russia yi turkey attitudes towards LGBT rights … because I condemn Turkey from Russia even more free

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:31pm
  38. ^^ Tina, thanks for explaining. I didn’t know that had come out; I heard the “pseudo-lesbian” on the radio and wondered what that was all about. Unfortunate.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:31pm
  39. T.a.t.u loves you……

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:31pm
  40. lots of gay ppl are conservative… being con shouldn mean sexuality as part of politics… choices are politics…sexuality is not a choice.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:34pm
  41. Lesbian’ts!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:39pm
  42. They’re gay for pay! Boooooo what a slap in the face.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:41pm
  43. nooo one should care that much

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:48pm
  44. WTF is a “pseudo-lesbian?”

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:06pm
  45. psuedo lesbians?? As I said…gay for pay.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:11pm
  46. “pseudo” ? CALL A FAKE A FAKE.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:13pm
  47. Pseudo-lesbian? t.A.T.u is ALL lesbian.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:17pm
  48. “THEY PRETENDED TO BE LESBIAN TO SELL RECORDS” – and because of it thousands of millenials were exposed to a same sex relationship expressed similarly to straight relationships in music long before it was common in the mainstream, thus increasing the chances they will be accepting of LGBT people.

    But no, keep complaining. That’ll show em. Some people are never happy..,

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:20pm
  49. Julia Volkova (the brunette) is outspokenly bisexual. She’s not a lesbian, but she’s out and proud in Russia.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:21pm
  50. I never knew they weren’t really lesbians. Gay for pay. Wow. How disappointing… I was duped.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:24pm
  51. I am so very confused by this.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:45pm
  52. I still have their CD: )

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:47pm
  53. More like, they could get killed at home if they say they’re real lesbians so they pretend they were faking it.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:52pm
  54. tATu, I forgave you for lying to me all those years ago. This, however… you are not coming back from

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:54pm