Selena Gomez Russian Concerts Axed Amid Visa Controversy
Organizers in Russia have been left scrambling after Selena Gomez was denied a visa to perform a series of scheduled concerts there. The country denied her request for a visa in as they move to tighten regulations on artists who support gay rights.
In June, Russia made headlines after passing a controversial law banning the promotion of “nontraditional sexual relationships.” The law is part of an effort to promote the traditional values as dictated by the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian authorities have now made it harder for foreign performers to enter after Madonna, Cher and Lady Gaga publicly advocated for LGBT equality upon hearing of Russia’s move to ban open sexuality.
Selena — also a supporter of LGBT rights — had planned to take the stage in St. Petersburg on Sept. 23 and in Moscow on Sept. 25. Gay rights activist John Becker, who started a Change.org campaign titled “Selena Gomez: Speak Out For Equality in Moscow and St. Petersburg,” had asked the singer to speak out for the gay community during her stage show. He now believes the former communist country has deliberately denied her entry.
“This cancellation of Selena Gomez’s visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defence, and shows that the pressure from people all around the world and the backlash against these laws is strong. They’re afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights.”
Written by Castina on September 20th, 2013 | Tagged as: Selena Gomez