The Cold War May Be Over, But The Rainbow War Is Just Beginning

UPDATE:  August 7, 2012

The United States government is sending out a warning to American citizens in Moscow and St. Petersburg where Madonna is scheduled to perform two concerts, one tonight and one Thursday.

It’s not known if Madonna has been directly threatened or if U.S. officials have contacted her.

Madonna has been very outspoken against a new law in St. Petersburg that prohibits people from making pro-gay comments.  My original story is below.

Here is the full warning from the U.S. Embassy:

U.S. Embassy Moscow and U.S. Consulate General St. Petersburg

SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: MADONNA CONCERTS

August 7, 2012

“This is to alert U.S. citizens in Russia who are planning to attend the Madonna concerts in Moscow on Tuesday, August 7, or in St. Petersburg on Thursday, August 9, that the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert on August 9.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg have shared the information with appropriate Russian law enforcement authorities.

Russian authorities have indicated to the Embassy that they are taking appropriate measures in light of this information.

While we expect that enhanced security measures will be put in place at both concerts, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas.”

Earlier this summer, in June, political threats of violence and censorship forced Lady Gaga to cancel a 52,000-seat concert in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Madonna has six more European shows left, including the two in Russia, before bringing the “MDNA Tour” to the United States three weeks from today.  It kicks off in North American in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Madonna & Madonna fans, be safe.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  March 22, 2012

“I don’t run away from adversity.  I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”

Madonna plans on doing what she does best when she isn’t entertaining us with incredible dance confections — fighting oppression and inhumanity.

The pop icon will be taking on political leaders in the second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg, when she performs a concert there on August 9th, after the governor signed legislation that compares being gay to pedophilia.

This law, which goes into effect this weekend, makes it illegal to engage in “the propaganda of male homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors,” defined as “intentional and unregulated distribution in a publicly accessible manner of information that can harm the health or the process of moral and spiritual development of minors, including forming among them the false perception that traditional and non-traditional relationships are socially equal.”   This would include Gay Pride parades and events.

Violators could face a stiff fine of 5,000-500,000 rubles ($170-$17,000).

Before 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia, those convicted of being gay faced jail time.  Twenty years later, the gay community is still underground because of widespread homophobia in the country.  And, not too long ago, Vitaly Milonov, a deputy in St. Petersburg’s local assembly, called homosexuals “perverts”.

Madonna posted this on her Facebook page Wednesday:

“I’m a freedom fighter.
My show
My songs
My work
My art
Is all about freedom of expression
Freedom to choose to speak to act
Always with humanity and compassion
I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community, to support the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed.
I don’t run away from adversity.
I will speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”

However, that’s not good enough for some that are calling for a boycott of St. Petersburg.

Gay activists are planning to protest Madonna’s concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  The leader of the city’s branch of Gay Russia movement, Yury Gavrikov says, “we intend to protest against the hypocrisy of pop stars.”

I wonder what these homophobic politicians will think when they see Madonna’s homoerotic video for her new international release, “Girl Gone Wild”.

It probably comes as no surprise that Madonna stands up to authority and close-minded or prudish attitudes.  In the summer of 1990 while on her “Blonde Ambition” tour in Toronto, Canada, police warned her that she might be arrested or detained if she touched herself provocatively during  “Like A Virgin”.  If you don’t remember how that turned out from her film, “Truth or Dare”, I have it here for you.

Madonna, let Russia know that just because the Cold War is over, that it can’t start a Rainbow War!

Anthony

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