Madonna was fined a million dollars by Russia for speaking about gay rights. And she’s not paying

Madonna was fined a million dollars by Russia for speaking about gay rights. And she’s not paying

Pop icon Madonna has revealed that she owes $1 million for breaking anti-LGBTQ propaganda laws in Russia. She also said she has no plans to pay up.

The fine stems from a concert in 2012 in which Madonna stuck up for gay rights. Russia’s laws make it illegal to even speak in favor of the queer community under the guise of protecting children from corruption.

“I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg eight years ago,” Madonna said in an Instagram post. “I was fined 1 million dollars by the government for supporting the gay community. I never paid.”

Video of the event shows scores of concert-goers holding up Pride Flags in the crowd. Madonna is standing on stage with her dancers, making her final remarks as the crowd chants her name.

“It’s a very strange time in the world,” she said at the time. “I’m traveling around the world and I feel it in the air.  I feel that people are becoming more and more afraid of people who are different. People are becoming more and more intolerant. It’s a very scary time but we can make a difference. We can change this. We have the power and we don’t have to do it with violence, we just have to do it with love.”

“Now I’m here to say that the gay community and gay people here and all around the world have the same rights to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love,” she went on. “Are you with me? If you’re with me, I want to see your pink armband. If you’re with me raise your arm and show your love and appreciation for the gay community.”

In response, a sea of arms shot up in front of the singer, along with deafening yells of enthusiasm.

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  1. Mandy
    July 21, 08:31 Reply

    Gosh, that speech is everything! Never loved Madonna as much as I lover her right now.

  2. Mitch
    July 21, 11:25 Reply

    Madonna’s support for the community has always been defiant and inspiring. She’s an icon.

  3. Rudy
    July 23, 06:33 Reply

    That was an electric atmosphere and a “great” speech coming from the icon Madonna!

    The guts alone it must have taken Madonna to preach love in Russia is beyond me.
    Who could have thought that in the midst of all the homophobia and discrimination in Russia music could cause such a difference and bring the people together to stand for love?

    Madonna is such a Gem!
    And yes she applied the golden rule and stuck it out to all those religious suckers out there.
    Hail Madonna ?? A proud fanboy here. ?

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