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VIDEO: Madonna Booed in Romania for Supporting Gypsies and Gays


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Madonna was reportedly booed during her Sticky & Sweet tour in Bucharest, Romania on Wednesday for telling fans to fight discrimination against gays and gypsies, the Romanian Times reports:

"She told them: 'I've never been to Romania before and I am happy to be here. But I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad, especially because we believe in acceptance, gypsies, homosexuals, people that are different. Everyone must be treated the same, don't forget that!' But instead of the applause she expected fans jeered and booed the statement. There are over 500,000 gypsies officially registered in Romania but the real numbers are expected to be much more as many have not declared their ethnicity in a country where they face widespread discrimination. They are Romania's most socially and economically disadvantaged minority, with high illiteracy levels."

Gays in Romania face violence from nationalist and ultra-orthodox groups. In recent years, marchers at gay rights rallies in Bucharest have been met by hundreds of protesters who hurl stones, eggs, tomatoes, and trash at them in an effort to break up the marches.

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  1. BRAVO! I'm half roma-Spaniard AND I'm gay too...so I support her comments because I have seen how hard is to be treated differently because you are gypsy or gay...I have 2 things going against me LOL

    Thank You Madonna.

    Posted by: Bosie | Aug 27, 2009 9:43:52 AM


    Posted by: Steven | Aug 27, 2009 9:56:26 AM

  3. wow...she really can't sing! La isla Bonita turned into a La isla Fea! this was horrible!

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 27, 2009 9:59:33 AM

  4. What about the tramps and thieves? Did she show *them* any love?

    In all seriousness, though, good job, Madonna!

    Posted by: John in Houston | Aug 27, 2009 10:00:13 AM

  5. Remind me again, does all caps equal screaming? Or bat-shit crazy retarded?

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 27, 2009 10:01:06 AM

  6. Hate & discrimination are entrenched in many places (and sometimes sanctioned & reinforced by church, government, political parties), and you're not going to eliminate them in some comments before a song, but good of her to at least speak out!

    Posted by: rayy | Aug 27, 2009 10:25:06 AM

  7. Interesting, considering a fair majority of gay, bare-back porn comes out of that region. I wonder how many of the boys booing have cashed a paycheck funded by gays?

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 27, 2009 10:33:31 AM

  8. Any opportunity to express a message of acceptance and tolerance is relevant. Thank you Madonna!

    Posted by: Felix | Aug 27, 2009 11:14:37 AM

  9. Who don't know how is to live with gypsies aren't able to speak about that. Many romanians hate gypsies and want them to die. And they have right. We need another Hitler to kill the gypsies.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 27, 2009 11:38:50 AM

  10. Well, thanks, Jack. That's such a great counter-argument. Really made me re-evaluate the situation. So... Romanians hate Gypsies, therefore the Gypsies deserve to die? Astonishing! I suppose the same argument would apply to us gays too, or any rival football team, but thanks for trying to make the world a happier place, Jack, you braindead Nazi scumbag.

    Posted by: Donovan | Aug 27, 2009 11:49:28 AM

  11. Romania is alas one of the most homophobic and anti-Roma countries in Europe. The only reason they decriminalized homosexuality was because of EU pressure.

    "Jack" sounds like the typical central european neo-nazi.

    Oh, and Rad: there are lots of Romanian boys in porn and doing prostitution because Romania is also one of the poorest countries in Europe. A boy's gotta make a living!

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 27, 2009 12:20:48 PM

  12. I was there and actually she was booed only for the gypsy part. she was applauded for the gay part. Romania is one of the poorest contries in EU not in Europe. Have you heard of Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Albania?

    Posted by: atlas | Aug 27, 2009 12:48:31 PM

  13. Wow Jack, you do realize Hitler had an "issue" w/mental retardation as well.

    You would need to find a safe house mucho pronto if his philospophy came back.

    Posted by: derek washington | Aug 27, 2009 1:50:57 PM

  14. If a foreign singer came to the USA and started preaching about a local social problem, I'm sure she'd get a few boos from the local crowd -- just for being a sanctimonious pain in the ass.

    PS Madonna needs to withdraw from public life for a couple of years, have a few chocolate sundaes, love her young children, and write some actually decent music again. Right now she's a fatless ghoul who has traded her humanity for $$$.

    Posted by: Freddy | Aug 27, 2009 2:15:22 PM

  15. Nice words are nice to hear.

    Now show us where the money goes.

    Posted by: Bryan | Aug 27, 2009 2:30:44 PM

  16. Madonna is like any other Democrat: Utter a few platitudes, take our money and run. Plus she's a mediocre singer who's made only 3 or 4 tolerable motion pictures, produced no hits of lasting value (unlike Michael Jackson's Off the Wall/Thriller/Bad era hits, does anyone anywhere still listen to any of Madonna's early hits?), and where she was only shocking to prudes, she is now boring to everyone. She's basically just a whore who's smart enough to be her own pimp. She's the Paris Hilton of Pop. Plus, she made the awful Britney Spears possible.

    Posted by: Attmay | Aug 27, 2009 3:22:37 PM

  17. I cant believe how many negative reactions i've read here!? U guys ask to be accepted but refuse to give the same to others?! Gypsies need to be educated not killed! This is not about Madonna is about being different and not being accepted... so stop this negativity and say something nice about anyone who is doing the same!

    Posted by: Mate | Aug 27, 2009 3:30:18 PM

  18. Hmm. before Michael Jackson's death, nobody listened to him for 20 years. His career went into the toilet after the 1980s after he sodomized children. Madonna's career still has legs and she didn't need to kill herself with drugs in order to do it. As for speaking out about prejudice, good for her.

    Posted by: jfandrews | Aug 27, 2009 3:51:38 PM

  19. @ATTMAY: I couldn't have said it better. I've been disenchanted with Hagonna for years. Queens really should be original in their selections of music as opposed to following the same old "I'm gay and I simply love Madonna just because I'm a silly queen" stereotype. There is so much GOOD music out there. And this hag isn't it. She's had a good run but hang up the cameltoe leotard Madonna. It's tired. See: Cut/Copy, MGMT, Junior Boys, Ladytron......

    Posted by: LeoInDC | Aug 27, 2009 5:06:47 PM

  20. At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies and the cheers gave way to jeers.

    She never mention the word gay...she is not a friend of our community!She need to show us the money to bring equality to a community that supported her career for so many years! Since Prop 8- I have decided not to purchase any of her music anymore!

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 27, 2009 5:11:26 PM

  21. If you are going to try to use spanish...why don't you try using it correclty! Mucho pronto? ask for your money back if you actually pay for spanish classes! OKKKKKKKK

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 27, 2009 5:13:24 PM

  22. JFAndrews:
    Michael Jackson was acquitted. Twice. I'm not one of the hysterical fanatics, and I'm not blind to his faults, but I can accept that he was not proven guilty. Can you?

    Only one person here called for killing gypsies, and he was roundly and rightly condemned.

    Agreed. I actually listen to Judy Garland, not because I'm gay, but because she was a fantastic singer and actress. I also listen to Billy Joel. Does that make me any less gay? (My boyfriend also sang loudly to "For the Longest Time" when we were out recently).

    Posted by: Attmay | Aug 27, 2009 5:39:28 PM

  23. I can't believe that there have been this many comments and no corrections, though there have been a few mentions of the preferred term. They are not Gypsies, they are Roma.

    And yes, they are widely reviled in many parts of Europe. I saw a muscly shop owner punch an old Roma grandmother in the face in the Netherlands (one of the least violent places in the world), knocking her to the ground, because she was trying to distract him while her grandkids shoplifted items from his store. It was brutal.

    So yes, discrimination is wrong and calling them Gypsies is outdated (it's the source of the expression "I got gypped on this purchase"), but they are of another era, spread far and wide, and very difficult to assimilate.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 27, 2009 5:54:36 PM

  24. Michael Jackson paid 20 million dollars to end a lawsuit of one of the kids he banged. There were SEVERAL others that were paid off as well.

    Posted by: jfandrews | Aug 27, 2009 6:22:26 PM

  25. Seems like a lot of trolls or very angry folks have invaded Towleroad lately.

    I could care less about Madonna, but, I do know before her being gay or bi wasn't considered cool at all. She helped change that.

    As far as her lack of support during Prop 8, maybe she , like many others, had issues with how it was being run?

    I would like someone to ask her about her relationship with Gays in a real interview, not a fluff piece.

    Mucho Pronto.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 27, 2009 6:25:46 PM

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