Madonna is facing charges for speaking out on behalf of LGBT people in St. Petersburg at her concert last night, flouting the city’s gay-propaganda ban. After telling fans at her MDNA gig to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community,” she was fined 5,000 Rubles (or about $150).
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As previously announced, pink wristbands were distributed to concertgoers before the show. Madonna also wore a black bra with the phrase “No Fear” written on her back.
Vitaly Milonov, the assemblyman who introduced the city’s recent anti-gay law, was the one to submit an application to file charges. “[Madonna] testified that she does not care about the legislation of St Petersburg,” Milonov said.
The organizers of the MDNA world tour, meanwhile, could be fined up to 500,000 Rubles ($15,700).
Gay rights activist Yury Gavrikov isn’t impressed with Madonna’s mouthing off. He told Gay Star News he wishes the Material Matron would have canceled her tour instead.
“Madonna as an artist and many other stars are using human rights issues for them to promote shows and make money. We don’t respect this idea. We wanted to protest the hypocrisy of the stars.’
If you want to really do something, you have to not just talk about problems, you have to do something that is politically important, powerful. Meeting with the mayor of St Petersburg or breaking out of the Russian tour is a way to attract more attention.”
‘Madonna will leave St Petersburg and she will forget about all these problems.”