In the wake of Madonna and Lady Gaga openly defying Russia’s anti-gay law on their soil, the government is making entry into the country more difficult for foreign performers according to the Moscow Times. Russian conservatives tried to file lawsuits against them in the spirit of the controversial law banning the promotion of “nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors that came into effect this summer.
The first one affected by the tougher restrictions is Selena Gomez. The powers that be obviously perceive her as pro-gay, which I assume is probably true. The “Slow Down” singer is forced to cancel two scheduled shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow on September 23 and 25 respectively due to her visa being declined. As someone’s who’s seen her Stars Dance World Tour, they’re missing out. At least from what I can remember ;)
Elton John revealed earlier this week that he planned to go ahead with plans to perform in Moscow later this year. He hopes his concert will serve the interests of the Russian gay community. If Selena’s visa was rejected, I’m pretty sure Elton’s will receive a big ole “NYET” faster than you can say “Tiny Dancer.”
What do you think of Selena being banned from entering Russia? Should she have cancelled her concerts even prior to receiving the official rejection? Should all pro-gay celebrities stay clear of Russia? Sound off below.