Madonna Asked To Cancel Her St. Petersburg Tour Stop In Protest
Written by Instinct Staff |
Monday, 19 March 2012
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Madonna has been asked to not take her MDNA tour to St. Petersburg, Russia, as planned on August 9. Details follow.
The Russian city has made international headlines for officially prohibiting LGBT congregations and dissemination of gay information in public. It is a Madonna concert we're talking about here, which would be about the closest thing to a Pride St. Pete has seen in years, possibly putting attendees at risk of violation. Activist Masha Gessen took to the New York Times today to ask visitors, companies and artists—specifically Madonna—to boycott St. Petersburg in an act of protest against its new heinous anti-gay law.
I am especially asking you not to go if you are the singer Madonna, who is scheduled to play a concert there on Aug. 9. And if you are Mercedes-Benz or PepsiCo, the two foreign companies that have signed on as partners of this year’s economic forum, scheduled to take place there June 21-23, I am asking you to pull out. And if you are an entrepreneur or an artist or an athlete who has been asked to participate in one of the many conferences and festivals that will take place there this summer, I am asking you to say no. And if you were just planning to visit the city as a tourist during the gorgeous white nights season in May and June, I am asking you to take your vacation someplace else.
The St. Petersburg law was passed by a nominally elected city council and signed by an appointed governor. I doubt the law will be applied widely. More likely, it will be an instrument of selective enforcement: it’s enough to punish a few to frighten the many. The intelligentsia has grumbled about the law, but I am sure it is generally popular. Neither the Russian authorities nor the Russian public see that they stand to lose anything by passing blatantly discriminatory legislation.
This is why I am addressing Madonna and anyone else who was planning to go to St. Petersburg. Please help us show them that they do have something to lose. Tourism makes up an important part of the city’s income. The Canadian foreign ministry has already warned tourists to be wary of the law. The international community should take a step further. Do not go to St. Petersburg.
Think Maddy will give this issue any attention?