Vladimir Putin threatened Madonna with jail for promoting 'gay behaviour' in Russia
The singer also said she was the target of death threats after she went against the country’s controversial anti-gay laws
Madonna labelled herself a “freedom fighter” after she revealed that she defiantly went ahead with a string of concerts in Russia last year, despite being told by Vladimir Putin’s government that she would be thrown in jail for ‘promoting gay behaviour’.
The singer also said she was the target of death threats after she went against the country’s controversial anti-gay propaganda laws.
Speaking at the Amnesty International Concert in New York on Wednesday, during which the Queen of Pop took to the stage with Pussy Riot, she said:
"Needless to say, I did not change one moment of my show. 87 of my fans were arrested for gay behaviour – whatever that is."
Aligning herself with the feminist punks, who were jailed for hooliganism and religious hatred after they staged a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral, she said: “The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are – do we have to fight for that?
“I’ve always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early ‘80s when I realised I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin.
“And I have definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that’s OK.”
“I’d like to thank Pussy Riot for making pussy a ‘sayable’ word in my household,” she added. “Now, my eight-year-olds say it all the time.”
Her comments came after British viewers were left shocked by the violent vigilante scenes in Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Hunted. The show exposed how gay Russians are routinely sought out and tortured by gangs in the former Soviet state.
The Sochi Winter Olympics, which started in Russia yesterday, has also raised questions about the ethical nature of the country’s treatment of homosexuals.
Reports today suggest that famously faux-lesbian pop duo Tatu will performing during the Opening Ceremony this evening.
- 1 Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by nine-year-old girl with Uzi gun
- 2 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 3 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 Homer Simpson has taken the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he has
Kensington flat branded ‘uninhabitable’ by estate agent on sale for a bargain £600,000
Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by nine-year-old girl with Uzi gun
Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
The 13 obscure UK laws you didn’t know you were breaking
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
- < Previous
- Next >
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...
Up to £40,000: Ashdown Group: Standalone HR Manager role for an SME business b...
£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - HR Generalis...