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Madonna In St. Petersburg: 'Show Your Love And Appreciation To The Gay Community' - VIDEO


As promised, Madonna spoke out for LGBT rights at her concert in St. Petersburg, the Russian city that recently passed a law banning so-called "gay propaganda".

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"Do we live in fear?" Madonna reportedly asked the audience, who of course responded in the negative.

Reuters offers more details about the demonstration.

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 right to be free," she said.

The American singer has turned a two-concert tour into a platform for comment on Putin's Russia.

Madonna has also been using her stage to fight for the riot grrrl band Pussy Riot's release from prison.

There's no word on whether officials will try to fine the Material Girl for all this rabble-rousing, but Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called her a "former whore" — or "slut," depending on one's translation. And even some activists are criticizing the singer.

"One should not mix showbusiness with human rights activism," gay activist Yuri Gavrikov said. "If she wanted to support the LGBT community, she could have ... refused to hold concerts in Russia."

Here's a picture of Gavrikov's one-man protest outside the concert venue:


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  1. Madonna appears to be good at hijacking the victimhood of gays to make it seem as if she's the victim herself. She's no victim - she's a rich white woman.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 9, 2012 9:45:00 PM

  2. So one of the most famous people in the world goes onstage and defiantly gives the middle finger to a homophobic government in their own country and shows support for us... with the risk of legal action no less... and there are people complaining?

    Jason, if it's not sexist, misogynistic, cynical or race baiting, it's something else with you. I just don't understand people like you and quite frankly don't know if I want to.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Aug 9, 2012 9:57:27 PM

  3. And I see LOTS of pink armbands and rainbow flags in that audience! How is that a bad thing again?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 9, 2012 10:00:33 PM

  4. Why has no one answered the earlier question: If Vadge cares about gay rights in Russia so much, why didn't she donate the money from the concert to gay rights groups? Because she doesn't truly care. She just wants gays to put money into HER pockets.

    Posted by: HOseanne | Aug 9, 2012 10:09:18 PM

  5. Well, several Russians think she's done more for gay rights in one concert than some other people who cannot be mentioned.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 9, 2012 10:21:39 PM

  6. Hoseanne, do you have a copy of Madonna's checkbook? Unless you do, please shutup, you don't know how this woman spends her money, what organizations or charities she donates too... and neither does anybody else on here. Chances are you probably never will, so why don't we talk about things that are tangible, like the huge gutsy move she just made to show support for us.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Aug 9, 2012 10:30:49 PM

  7. I'm not a huge fan of Madonna anymore, but to the people in Russia, doing something like this is a big deal and I appreciate her for holding them up.

    Posted by: reality | Aug 9, 2012 10:31:55 PM

  8. Madonna made me feel that being gay was alright. I was 13 when I saw Truth or Dare. That documentary was the first introduction I had to gay people. They were laughing and having fun and entertaining people and living their life. It was also the first time I saw two guys kiss. I was 13 and gay and scared and lonely and confused. Madonna gave me hope when I needed it. I knew she was on my side. I don't really care if you hate her, call her a whore or complain that she's greedy, no one should ever deny her contribution to the gay community for which I am grateful.

    Posted by: brett | Aug 9, 2012 11:24:35 PM

  9. Elton John said it best, her career is over. Any attempt to capitalize on her supposed support of gay people is a sad grasp to revive her faded career. That ship has sailed.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 9, 2012 11:27:44 PM

  10. I'm not particularly interested in Madonna's music at this point, because I've matured and it hasn't. (I prefer musicians whose music reflects their age rather than trying to deny the passing of time.) That said, knowing something about Russia, this a big deal, and it's a good thing. Madonna actually has enough power to speak out against the absurd homophobia and oppression in Russia and be completely untouchable to the fascists in power. It's the best thing she's done in years.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 9, 2012 11:29:15 PM

  11. ERNIE - You're right. For Russia it's a big deal where a big deal is needed and Madonna redeems herself by speaking out (if she ever needed to redeem herself at all). It's truly risable how many petty people who have never created an audience of any kind want to predict and gloat over the descent of someone who has created an audience of millions. Of course her career will fade. Who's doesn't.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 9, 2012 11:39:22 PM

  12. OS2Guy,

    If her career is over, why does she have the most successful tour of the year thus far, far more than any other "current/hip" artist? Why was her SuperBowl performance one of the biggest and most watched TV events ever? She can still pack in arenas, still get in the news, still be political, still make a statement that will surprise and shock, still put a spotlight to injustice. Seems to me she is still very much relevant. Does she have the 18-25 demographic behind her? No, but who cares, she doesn't need them... she can still have a different kind of success, and Elton is just bitter because he lost a Golden Globe to her last year. Talk about someone having a dead career.

    For all of Jason's pleas for the gay male community to embrace gay male artists, let's look at Elton John for example. He says gays shouldn't marry, he signs for Rush Limbaugh and says GWB was a great president. Is HE the example of gay male singers we should idolize? Seems to me Madonna is more of a man that he is.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Aug 9, 2012 11:40:11 PM

  13. hey you guys that are bashing Madonna - please try and keep your comments close to TR and not in the public arena because I know that if Madonna heard these, she would be just devastated.

    Posted by: jhr459 | Aug 9, 2012 11:55:31 PM

  14. As I said earlier, Madonna is good at hijacking the victimhood of others to make it seem as if she's the victim herself.

    Her reason for supporting us is not motivated by genuine concern in my view but a desire to get attention and make money.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 9, 2012 11:58:02 PM

  15. @Jason. You are truly repugnant. Your politics are so bizarre and I would hate to live in the limited world that you inhabit. Ironically, I understand why you have the perspective that you have, but frankly none of it has much validity. You should spend as much time questioning your opinions as you do expressing them aggressively in public.

    Regarding Madonna, the western world is aging, like her. This means that her relevance isn't to be measured by the significance of her popularity among the young. Stop buying into the propaganda that only youth holds the power. They don't. That said, I find it shocking that so many of us are getting older and yet we disempower those who continue to be vibrant mavericks regardless of age.

    Finally, it's an honor to have someone like Madonna continue to speak provocatively and politically. The risks she has taken might not resonate well currently, but hindsight will prove that this woman is indeed a revolutionary.

    Gay people need to stop thinking that the only way is gay. Madonna speaks for universality and inclusiveness. Get with the program and pull your heads out of your asses.

    Posted by: Alex N | Aug 10, 2012 12:40:42 AM

  16. Alex N,

    Madonna speaks for that which brings her money. Case closed.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 10, 2012 1:10:58 AM

  17. The original and Queen Bee.... THANKS!

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 10, 2012 1:13:19 AM

  18. The original and Queen Bee.... THANKS!

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 10, 2012 1:13:20 AM

  19. GaGa copies others - read her comments in the media lil monsters!!!!! before throwing hate on the original gay Mom! LONG LIVE MADONNA!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 10, 2012 1:17:23 AM

  20. @Alex N. You could not have said it any better. Times, they are a changing, and for her to still make headlines the way she has is remarkable. All this without meat dresses, eggs, and blood.

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 10, 2012 2:38:08 AM

  21. I see her son Rocco in the first picture with his fist up in the air supporting his mom.

    Posted by: Juju | Aug 10, 2012 3:28:12 AM

  22. I think it's great.

    But what would have been even better is the donation of all the profits from her Russian shows to a Russian LGBT campaigning group.

    Then again with Madonna (and Elton) it's always first and foremost about the money.

    Posted by: SteveC | Aug 10, 2012 4:35:56 AM

  23. I'm wih Yuri. While gays and lesbians coninue to face the most horrendous violence and violations in Russia, Madonna uses it as a soundbite as she does world peace and starving children. A glib interlude to show she cares. Put your money
    where your mouth is.

    Posted by: Molc | Aug 10, 2012 5:57:29 AM

  24. Boo hoo with anyone's complaints about money and fame or attention, as if they are something most would ever scorn. Only fools and juveniles pretend to despise what they cannot hope to have. Madonna has worked hard for where she is and deserves every cent and all applause. Just try it yourselves with your slack bellies, shapeless disciplin and giftless lives. What a pox of bile you complainers are.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 10, 2012 8:34:53 AM

  25. for the ones who complain about her not donating the money, consider that even Madonna has someone above her... she's not getting every cent that is sold in each location... even if she was, and she did just that, u guys would still fault her and say she was doing that for attention...

    I ask you, how much money from ur salary to u give to charities? one day's work worth? two, three, six? most will answer "zero"....

    Posted by: V-8 | Aug 10, 2012 10:06:46 AM

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