A lawsuit brought against Madonna by a group of anti-gay activists for violating St. Petersburg’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” has been dismissed by a Russian court following a trial worthy of the lawsuit’s ridiculousness.
The AP reports:
The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna’s so-called “propaganda of perversion” would negatively affect Russia’s birthrate and erode the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.
Madonna was – shockingly – not present at the trial (even after being served a summons, no less) and, according to her publicist, the singer will not comment about it. But we can guess what she would say: