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posted Friday, October 19, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 42
Russian drama for Madonna
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Russian drama for Madonna

Pop icon to defend her pro-Gay rights speech in St. Petersburg

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Have you ever thought about visiting Russia? If so, you might want to think twice. It's pretty on the outside but can be pretty hateful on the inside.

Pop queen Madonna found this out before and after her tour appearance in St. Petersburg this summer. During her performance at SCC Peterburgsky on August 9, the Material Girl gave a bold speech that encouraged concertgoers to support Gay rights.

'Show your love and appreciation to the Gay community. We want to fight for the right to be free. All people should be treated with dignity, respect, and love,' Madonna stated to a cheering crowd of thousands. In doing so, she bravely stood her ground and followed through on what she initially set out to do - to protest St. Petersburg's stringent 'homosexual propaganda' law, which took effect in March.

ACCUSED OF CORRUPTING MINORS
Though nothing more took place than a courageous speech, the wearing of pink wristbands by fans, and the display of a rainbow flag onstage, this was enough to land Madonna in hot water. Nine members of the strongly conservative Trade Union of Russian Citizens have filed a lawsuit against the international superstar, claiming she encouraged Gay sex in front of minors. According to them, children younger than 12 years old were at the show.

'She insulted believers' feelings, she promoted homosexuality when there were children at the concert, and this is forbidden in St. Petersburg,' declared Union spokesperson Darya Dedova.

Madonna is being sued for a reported 6 million Euros. An October 25 court date has been set, although the music icon is still performing on her 'MDNA Tour,' which means the case is likely to be postponed to a later date.

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