Madonna said she wouldn’t be shying away from politics when she hit Russia, and she wasn’t lying: First she made a appeal for the jailed band Pussy Riot this week while performing in Moscow. And now she’s announced a showstopping stunt to show support for St. Petersburg’s oppressed LGBT community.
While playing Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, the Material Matron stripped down to her bra and displayed “Pussy Riot” in large letters across her back. In February, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich—the three twentysomething members of Pussy Riot—were accused of inciting religious hatred when they sang a song urging the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin.
Reports the Daily Mail:
The trio said their protest was directed at Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, for publicly backing Putin in the elections.
However, church leaders maintain the use of swear words in the cathedral was ‘an abuse of God’.
Putin said last week that the punk rockers had done ‘nothing good’ but should not be judged too harshly.
Madonna told the crowd at the stadium, “I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government, but I think that these three girls—Masha, Katya, Nadya —I think that they have done something courageous. I know that everyone in this auditorium, if you are here as my fan, feels they have the right to be free.”
Just yesterday, Madonna announced her plans to speak out on behalf of St. Petersburg’s LGBT community. A post on the official Madonna Facebook page teased what will no doubt be a breathtaking display of unity and tolerance:
“At Thursday’s Madonna concert, a pink wristband will be available to anyone that wants to support the LGBT community in St. Petersburg. The wristband will be part of the show – be prepared to raise your arm in support!”
So far more than 35,000 people have “Liked” the post. But will Madge run afoul of St. Petersburg’s odious gay-propaganda law?
Maybe she should bring a few rubles for bail money.