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Selena Gomez HOT News Sept 2013

Selena Gomez HOT News Sept 2013

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Selena Gomez News - Sept 2013
Selena Gomez Cancels Russian Concerts After Being Denied VisaAmidst Anti-Gay Speculation
APPop star Selena Gomez was forced to cancel two concerts in Russia today aftergovernment officials denied her visa, reportedly related to stricter transit laws for foreignartists linked to the country's controversial anti-gay legislation.The singer had been slated to perform at St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sept. 23 andMoscow's Olimpiisky Stadium on Sept. 25.Prior to the cancelation of these two shows, Gomez was facing pressure to take a standon LGBT rights in the former Soviet Union as the subject of a Change.org petition. Thepetition called on Gomez to speak out and "let LGBT folks in Russia know that we standwith them, and that they are not alone." It reached over 1,000 signatures before the newsof Gomez's denied visa became public.John Becker, petition author and LGBT blogger at Bilerico, said in a statement to TheHuffington Post:1
This shows that the Russian government is on edge, it's nervous, and it'saware of the bruising its reputation has taken in the wake of their anti-gaycrackdown. For the first time since the end of the Yeltsin administration, moreAmericans have a negative perception of Russia, and it's clear that thecountry's crackdown on LGBT rights has made a difference here.This cancellation of Selena Gomez's visa shows that the Russian governmentis sensitive and on the defense, and shows that the pressure from people allaround the world and the backlash against these laws is strong. They're afraidto have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platformto advance LGBT rights.According to a story on German site Spiegel(translated by The Huffington Post): "Theconcert organizer Jewgeni Finkelschtejn warned that the new rules would harm thecountry tremendously. There is a risk that prominent artists could renounce performancesin Russia in the future, he said to the state agency Ria Novosti."Russia has been the subject of international critique and scrutiny for its series of anti-LGBT legislation, including a "gay propaganda" law and a proposed bill that would removechildren from the homes of their LGBT parents. Not only have vigilantes allegedlyinterpreted the law as personal agency to publicly attack and openly despise their LGBTneighbors, but internationally-known entertainers with ties to the gay community havebecome targets for Russian officials and their homophobic campaign.In early August, Russian officials announced that Lady Gaga and Madonna had violatedtheir visas while touring in the country last year, and asserted that the two pop stars hadbreached the country's "gay propaganda" law.Lady Gaga later tweeted about the legal accusations, saying: "Sending bravery to LGBTsin Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray?Beatings? Mother Russia?... The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be metwith revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom."As a result, other prominent Western entertainers and LGBT allies have been forced totake a stand on whether or not to perform in Russia in the wake of the controversy. Gayicon Cher recently announced that she turned down an invitation to perform at the 2014Sochi Winter Olympics this upcoming February. Conversely, Elton John stated in a recentinterview that he planned to travel to Russia in December to hold a concert despite thecountry's anti-LGBT crackdown, stating:I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully.There’s two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artistscoming in from Russia? But then you’re really leaving the men and women whoare gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation.As a gayman, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there andsupporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.John did not discuss whether he had been granted a visa for entry into Russia at the time.2
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Tilda Swinton A photograph of the Academy Award-winning actress defending Russia's
beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by holding arainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin was released with the following statement viaher spokesperson: "In solidarity. From Russia with love." <ahref="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/tilda-swinton-rainbow-flag-russia-_n_3550360.html" target="_blank">Read the full storyhere</a>.Seth Wescott "The human rights stuff that's going on, there's a potential for it to be an
incredibly negatively-overshadowed Olympics," the two-time gold medal winningsnowboarder told the Associated Press. Of his gay friends in snowboarding, he noted,"They're wonderful human beings, and I think for them to be discriminated against is acrime." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/seth-wescott-russia-gay-law-_n_3913225.html" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.Madonna The Material Girl sparked controversy when she spoke out in defense of
Russia's LGBT community during a St. Petersburg stop on her MDNA World Tour lastyear. Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her bare back,Madonna urged the audience -- most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door --to "show your love and appreciation to the gay community." "We want to fight for the rightto be free," she said at the time, Reuters reported. <ahref="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/madonna-st-petersburg-russia-gay-rights_n_1762135.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.Johnny Weir The U.S. figure skater (pictured on left, with husband Victor Voronov) has
spoken out against a planned boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, warning thatthose hurt most would be the athletes who have "dedicated their lives to possibly havingtheir lone life-changing moment." "The Olympics are not a political statement, they are aplace to let the world shine in peace and let them marvel at their youthful talents," hewrote. "I respect the LGBT community full heartedly, but I implore the world not toboycott the Olympic Games because of Russia’s stance on LGBT rights or lack thereof."<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/26/johnny-weir-russia-olympics-boy-ott-_n_3659423.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.Lady Gaga "The Russian government is criminal," the Mother Monster tweeted in
August. "Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. Wewill fight for your freedom." She also noted: "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. Therise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings?Mother Russia?" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/lady-gaga-russ-a-lgbt_n_3708608.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.Blake SkjellerupThe New Zealand speed skater, who is openly gay, told HuffPost Live's
Josh Zepps that a boycott would hurt the athletes themselves more than Russia. "I don'tsupport a boycott at all," he said. "I believe the greatest way to bring about change is tohave a presence. Being present in Sochi is going to be greater for the cause than notbeing there at all." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/blake-skjelleru--russia_n_3689573.html" target="_blank">Click here for the full story</a>.3

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