St. Petersburg city official wants Madonna's prosecution
A Russian city official in St. Petersburg has launched a campaign calling for Madonna's prosecution following her controversial gay rights stance at a concert there this week.
The pop superstar handed out pink bracelets and spoke out against legislation which will restrict homosexuality in Russia during her shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg - and city leader Vitaly Milonov has accused her of crossing a line.
He believes Madonna should be prosecuted for violating a Russian ban on public statements supporting gay rights and homosexuality, as he considers her comments onstage on Thursday night to be "illegal propaganda", according to RIA Novosti news agency reports.
He has now called on his fellow city officials to fine the singer and the concert promoters for her behaviour.
During her concert, Madonna urged fans to show their "love and appreciation for the gay community", and stated, "All people should be treated with dignity, respect and love."
Her comments angered Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who took to Twitter.com to admonish the Material Girl, writing: "What a has-been... In her old age she tries to lecture every one about morals. Especially when she is touring abroad."
Madonna also came under fire following a concert in Moscow earlier in the week when she offered her support to the members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who were arrested and jailed earlier this year for staging a protest concert in a city church.
The trio was in court this week facing hooliganism charges that could keep them in jail for seven years. Madonna urged Moscow officials to release the punk rockers.
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what do you think?
I'm in favour of ga y rights but it's about time someone stood up to these gobby performers who think they can use their concerts to promote their own political agenda or beliefs. None of the people who attended her concert went to hear her views - they went to hear her music. If she wants to get on her soapbox then she should use a different forum, one where people can choose to attend and listen, not a captive audience. And, in the end, she's broken the Russian Law so she should be prosecuted.
This is the first comment ever where i want to give a thumbs up and a thumbs down.
I tried. It gave you the up and me the down haha
The media gives these thickos too much publicity. Most "performers" are only performing because they're too thick to do a real job.
Why did they let her into their country. They should know what she's like. She should give up trying to sing. She's past it.
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Good. Lock her up. It'll shut her up.
..SHE IS A LOUD MOUTH, WHO SHOULD DO AS THE ROMANS DO !!!!!!!