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 had promised to use her St Petersburg show to speak out against legislation adopted by the city in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda" that could "damage the health, moral and spiritual development" of minors. On her Facebook page, she called the law a "ridiculous atrocity". Critics of the law - the model for a bill submitted to the national parliament - say they fear it could be used to clamp down on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, for instance by barring gay rights demonstrations. St. Petersburg police chief Sergei Umnov told local reporters in July that 74 people had been fined so far.
Russian leaders aren't taking to kindly to Madonna's planned show of support for the LGBT community at her Thursday concert in St. Petersburg.
Following Madge's Facebook post stating that "At Thursday's Madonna concert, a pink wristband will be available to anyone that wants to support the LGBT community in St. Petersburg. The wristband will be part of the show - be prepared to raise your arm in support!" government officials had some choice words for the material girl.
Gentlemen! LANGUAGE! See what they had to say after the jump.
In response to Madonna's plans to denounce the anti-LGBT law, Deputy Prime Minster Dmitry Rogozin said, "Every former whore seeks to lecture everyone on morality as she gets older. Especially during tours and gigs abroad."
This comes after Vitaly Milonov's threat back in March. Milonov, the author of the controversial bill, said that "he would personally attend Madonna's performance in the city to 'monitor the moral content of the concert' and make sure that she does not break the law."
Now that just sounds like somebody wants an excuse to go to a Madonna concert. Don't threaten Milonov with a good time!!
Milonov continued, "If Madonna or one of the organisers of the concert breaks the city law, they will be punished. She could be fined up to 5,000 roubles (£100), while the organisers could be fined up to 500,000 roubles".
Madonna wipes her ass with 500,000 roubles. Just kidding. She'd never touch roubles.