This news broke over the weekend, but its despicable nature warrants comment, even days later: A group of Russian activists is suing Madonna for the equivalent of $10.5 million for a speech she made promoting gay rights during her August 9 concert in St. Petersburg. They claim her statements violate a law passed earlier this year that makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors.
“I am here to say that the gay community and gay people here and all around the world have the same rights to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love,” Madonna said during a break between songs, encouraging the crowd to show off the pink armbands that were handed out to them earlier.
So, we’re not about to pretend to understand Russian law, but we really hope that logic prevails here and that the court recognizes the difference between promoting people being treated with dignity and promoting people having gay sex. Not that either one should be illegal, but you get our point.
By the way, if your love and respect for Madge has faltered at all in recent years, maybe due to some of her more prickly responses to flowers or Lady Gaga questions, this video of her speech might change that.
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