We have seen examples in the United States where it became costly to voice out a person’s opinion about another’s belief or way of living. When the president of Chick-fil-A’s restaurants said during an interview that he feels marriage is between a man and a woman only, those who are gay and support gay’s rights were not happy with this revelation. In fact, it became costly as many decided to no longer eat at the restaurants and asked others to boycott the restaurant chain. The non-support of gay’s rights is not limited to the U.S. as well as it being costly to voice out your opinion in support. Madonna has become the latest “casualty” as activists in Russia have announced they are suing the famous singer for openly supporting the rights of gay people.
According to some Russian activists in Moscow, Russia, they claim they were offended by Madonna during an August 9th concert held in St. Petersburg. It was during the concert she demonstrated her support for gay rights by being vocal about it and stomping on an Orthodox cross, which was shown in a video taken at the concert. The new agency also reported that Madonna had asked fans to hold up and show pink armbands, which were distributed throughout the audience, in support of lesbians and gays. Alexander Pochuyev, the lawyer who is representing the nine activists, has been quoted by Russian news agencies as saying as of Friday; the suit was filed against the singer, the hall where it was held and the organizer of her concert. They are asking for damages that total $333 million rubles, which is the equivalent of $10.5 million.
In Russia, anti-gay sentiment is strong. In February, a law was passed in St. Petersburg where it makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors. The author of this law has noted and made public that children were present at the August 9th concert. There were children present as young as 12-years-old. Though the plaintiffs have been criticized for their views and being stuck in the Middle Ages, the lawyer pointed out they were civilized and using modern methods in defending their rights. He said that “no one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition.” Pochuyev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. “Modern civilization requires tolerance and respect for different values.”
Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s spokeswoman, did not respond immediately to emails that were asking for her reaction towards the lawsuit. Apparently, Madonna has also angered conservative Russians when she showed support toward the punk band Pussy Riot. Three member of the band, as of Friday, were sentenced to prison for two years as they had a protest in Moscow’s main cathedral. They were protesting the cozy relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and Vladimir Putin. During her concert, Madonna spoke out in support of the punk band as well as two days earlier in Moscow. When the verdict was announced, the singer called on “all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment.”
Madonna Sued in Russia
Madonna Sued in Russia for Supporting Gay Rights.