Offended Russian anti-gay activists decided to slam Madonna with a $10 million lawsuit. The Russian activists claim they suffered moral damage after Madonna’s concert in St. Petersburg and the diva’s public support for LGBT rights.
When the pop diva performs in Western countries, Madonna’s just being Madonna. But when she’s sparking controversy in countries such as Russia, Madonna is more than just a performer. The diva has been quite vocal about her discontent with Russian authorities seizing Pussy Riot and has made sure her concert in St. Petersburg will be a manifesto.
Or at least that’s how one could interpret all the negative feedback the diva has sparked in Russia, where her public support for homosexuality is taboo. Just days after things calmed down after Madonna asked for the release of the punk band Pussy Riot, nine Russian anti-gay activists slammed her with a $10 million lawsuit.
On Friday, Alexander Pochuyev, the lawyer of the nine Russian anti-gay activists, filed the $10 million lawsuit against Madonna. The plaintiffs say they were offended by Madonna’s performance in St. Petersburg last week. During the concert, Madonna asked fans to raise their hands and show off their pink gay support armbands while she was stomping on an Orthodox cross.
In Russia, homosexuality is not a crime since 1993, but it continued to be ruled out as a mental disorder until 1999. Saint Petersburg passed a law earlier this year that allowed officials to fine people found to be “promoting” homosexuality to minors. It is under this particular law that the Russian activists believe they have legal grounds to win the $10 million lawsuit against Madonna. Of this law, Madonna said it was a “ridiculous atrocity”.
And then there’s Madonna’s official support for the punk band Riot Pussy. “Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane” said Madonna of the two-year jail sentence three of the band’s members got.
“I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty” the pop queen wrote on her Facebook page. “They’ve spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free” she added.