Madonna: I’m Done With Anti-Gay Russia

Madonna has declared that she will no longer tour in Russia due to its anti-gay laws. Via the Moscow Times:

Madonna has told celebrity news magazine Entertainment Weekly that she will most likely never return to Moscow or St. Petersburg because of Russia’s stand on gay rights, Cosmopolitan reported. Madonna last appeared in Russia in 2012 and lived up to her reputation as a provocateur by publicly voicing support for punk band Pussy Riot. At the time, several group members were on trial for their performance of a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Conservative St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who is known for his anti-LGBT views, responded swiftly to Madonna’s statement. In an interview to Russian News Agency, Milonov called the singer a “hypocritical old lady” and accused her of prioritizing gay rights over the lives of children suffering because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Shortly after her 2012 concert in St. Petersburg, a Russian Orthodox group sued Madonna for threatening the Russian birth rate by promoting homosexuality. The suit was served to Madonna’s townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and she refused to appear for the November 2012 trial where charges were summarily dismissed. Her next world tour launches in early September.

  • bkmn

    Vodka threatens the Soviet birthrate far more than gay people do.

    • Todd20036

      Vodka, not just for breakfast anymore.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        What???

      • bkmn

        Speaking of where is Anastasia?

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          Honey, it’s been a long 24 hours at the Beaver “housen.” but after 24 hours its done and so is that case of beer, which has 24 in it as well. Go figure.

          • Guest

            You’re drinking way too much – and it’s not funny. You also said that you have put on a lot of weight. Go to a therapist, start going to church, do something, but all that alcohol consumption has to stop for the sake of your health, in more ways than one. The bottle isn’t the answer.

          • Bonobo

            “start going to church” <= in which case the bottle might be the answer.

          • Happy Dance

            LOL you are too stupid to be funny! But, I “guest” you coulda figured that out!

          • 2karmanot

            Oh please, Guesty…the bottle just happened to be Channel NO. 5….both tasty and fragrant.

      • Dan

        It’s just liquid hash browns!

        • rusty57

          I prefer my hash browns gin flavored.

    • Yup and Putin has been placing price controls on Vodka to keep it cheap while the country is hit by inflation…..he needs something to keep the masses distracted, health problems be damned.

      • Cuberly

        Not defending Putin by any means but he sort of has no choice. Homemade hooch and blackmarket vodka are a real problem there. It kills many many Russians every year. Part of the reason for the price controls is to keep people from the homemade deadly variety.

    • Bernie Keefe

      Archer – “ Bloody Mary, full of vodka, blessed are you amongst all cocktails.”

    • Stev84

      Idiots really think they have a birth problem when they really have a death and emigration problem.

  • TexPlant

    Really? So where will russian fans turn to see a mid-fifty year old woman in skimpy clothes wiggling on stage?

    • MattM

      I hear Putin is available.

      (And he’s about as sexist as you are!)

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Oh, Poodle, I got a fake laugh with your name all over it.

      • JockWearer

        Fake laugh? You mean you have more than one kind? You’re not allowed Kare! It’s just not fair! That’s the only thing we have in common besides our selfishness. -Jack

  • Duh-David

    “hypocritical old lady?” Has Vitaly Milonov looked in a mirror?

    • MattM

      Milonov doesn’t possess the class necessary to be considered a lady.

  • If Russia is really worried about their birthrate perhaps they should stop invading Eastern European nations and cutting themselves off from the outside world in the process. Recently Russia has been destroying food smuggled into the country in violation of the Russia self-imposed ban on food from NATO countries. Their citizens can’t get food, so they smuggle it into their country, and then their government destroys it. on the other hand gay people have never been an impediment to the reproduction of humanity

    • MattM

      That require some self control and personal responsibility. It’s much easier to just scapegoat the minorities.

  • FAEN

    About fucking time!

  • Octavio

    Poor Mo. She’s still got something to shake? Power yoga is a very good physical activity, however, no one’s butt is immune to the violence of gravity. 🙁

    • Steve Teeter

      Sorry, Madonna, but Dan Savage said it: Time and gravity make trolls of us all.

  • Nic Peterson

    Shorter Madge: Putin? That queen gives me gas.

  • Jannik

    “..and accused her of prioritizing gay rights over the lives of children suffering because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.” That statement is hilarious considering Russia is responsible for the conflict in Ukraine.

  • terrence

    im mixed on it, yes its great to take a stand but it punishes the fans.

    a group i loved boycotted the USA during the bush years because of his wars of aggression. It didnt change anything, all it did was punish the fans. I doubt Putin or any of his ilk could care less.

  • FleshyLighty

    Does anyone in Russia even listen to Madonna? I’m gonna go with not many. Typical Madonna attention seeking behavior. Something tells me they have much more important things to worry about than a selfish attention seeking singer.

  • Six Pins Delores

    Why not continue to perform there and then donate her profit for her talented performance in order to support action against government sponsored HATE?

    • Ginger Snap

      I posted a similar comment.

  • Reed

    It should be more inspiring to gay people living in Russia that she won’t tour there because of their state sanctioned anti-gay policies rather than the opposite.

  • what would be actually cool is if she used all her Senior Superstar Status points to pressure a lot of truly popular groups into doing the same. she’s her own thing, but i’d bet russians, esp younger russians, would be very pissed if they could not see [top ten acts right now], too.

    boycotts by entertainers are not really “hurting” fans, in the age of youtube. you can still hear and see your fav artists, just not live. if those artists say “…and it’s b/c your govt sucks, do something about that and we’ll come back” that’s nothing but wonderful.

    she should get others to do the same as she is, and say something about why, if she wants to impress me.

    • AndyinChicago

      This. Otherwise this just seems like too little to late. She’s not adding any momentum to a movement at this point because it’s off the radar. If she were to cause more of a stink, maybe this would mean something.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ohhhh. But that would take *conviction* and effort over tiiiiiime! It’s easier to send out one tweet…right in the middle of watching a play.

  • Michael

    Poor Russia. The heterosexuals won’t copulate and it’s all Madonna’s fault. Maybe if they got rid of corruption and Putin, people would want to have children, because they would feel more freedom and hope for the future.

  • JT
  • Ginger Snap

    I would rather she tour Russia and donate all proceeds to LGBT groups there. That is how you make a statement when you have money and are a worldwide celebrity.

    • another_steve

      Love the new avatar, hon.

      Is that a limo you’re posing in front of? The mere sight of a limo gives me an erection.

      I don’t know why, but they just do.

      • Ginger Snap

        Not a limo a minivan. I was out after the bar and it was a “straight” guy’s van with car seats in the back. I was successful in showing him a good time that evening. A girlfriend snapped the pic. If you want to imagine a limo for pleasures sake please do.

  • Jordan

    Has she only just heard about Russia?

  • 41PC

    The Russian currency and economy are tanking so the gains are not worth the losses. Artists (I use that loosely) today book tour dates up to a year in advance; Madonna did not. But it sounds good to say she’s doing it for the gays.

  • e jerry powell

    Good for her, but I didn’t think Russia wanted her back somehow.

  • anne marie in philly

    meh

  • Pete

    Translation: she can’t make money there.

  • StraightGrandmother

    That’s right Madonna just like the word shunned South Africa during apartheid, no entertainers would play there, we should in our generation, shun Russia.
    Go read about “Don’t Play Sun City” in South Africa during Apartheid.

  • Gerry Fisher

    “…now that I’m highly likely to be *arrested* and spend time in *jail* for what I market…errr…believe!”