LADY Gaga’s concert at the SKK Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, brought it its wake accusations that the star had used the event to “promote homosexuality” – and has been allegedly threatened with a $50,000 fine for doing so.
The rabidly anti-gay Christian politician, Vitaly Milonov, the man behind Russia's law banning "homosexual propaganda", reportedly plans to launch an investigation against the pop star.
Vitaly, Russian Orthodox Christian, said:
We will contact prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the situation. When people tell kids 'you must support sexual minorities', that can create a false equivalence for them between traditional and non-traditional relationships.
We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
The lunatic is on record as saying:
The Church is the most important Government institution, one that shapes the state. The Church must not be in opposition to the state. It must nourish the authorities with its wisdom.
On Sunday, a translator told the crowd at the concert that Lady Gaga wants respect for gay rights.
Lady Gaga wants to say that she expects respect from others she's not here to offend anyone's religion or faith, she's here to unite us.
In March, St. Petersburg banned "homosexual propaganda" after calls from conservatives and Orthodox Church officials. The law criminalizes:
Public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors.
The pop singer was reportedly warned about vocalizing support for the gay community during her Russia show. Gaga was allegedly threatened with arrest and a $50,000 fine during a phone call to her managers before the show, according to Reuters. That didn't stop the "Born This Way" singer.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently spoke out against this discriminatory law, saying in a televised interview on December 7 that:
Not all relations between people can be regulated by law.
Gaga expressed her gratitude to Medvedev before performing in the country.
Gaga, who performed in Moscow yesterday, is not the only one to face the wrath of Russian conservatives. Madonna was handed a $10.5 million anti-gay lawsuit for "moral damage" after the singer spoke out against the anti-LGBT legislation during an August concert.
The lawsuit, which "bordered on the farcical," was thrown out last month.