Celebrities who spoke against Sochi Olympics

Thanks to Russia’s discriminatory laws, many notable people have spoken out against the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Last year Russian government passed a law that banned the “promotion of homosexuality among minors.” While being gay remains illegal in this country, celebrities have called for boycott of the Olympics in Sochi. Here are just a few stars who have openly protested.

Wentworth Miller

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The actor posted a letter on the GLAAD website. He wrote: “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

Cher

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Cher said that she was invited to play at the Olympics, but immediately turned it down because of Russia’s anti-gay laws.” I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show,” Cher said. “I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”

Ian McKellen

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McKellen joined 27 Nobel laureates in an open letter to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people published by The Independent protesting the country’s anti-gay legislation. He wrote, “I have been warned by the UK Foreign Office that in Russia I could not speak openly about my sexuality, at least in the hearing of anyone under the age of 18. I have therefore felt that I had to turn down invitations to attend Russian film festivals.”

Rupert Everett

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Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Everett said: “If you are gay in Russia you don’t know anything about anything. You have no idea Aids exists because there’s no information. You live very secretly. If anyone finds you – you are liable to be beaten up, or killed, or forced to commit suicide.”

Madonna

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Both she and Lady Gaga have been accused of visa violations after performing in the country and reportedly violating the country’s “gay propaganda” law. Madonna and Pussy Riot also both spoke out against Putin on the eve of the Olympics, and the singer has frequently been tweeting in protest of the Olympics being held in Sochi.

Stephen Fry

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British comedian and actor Stephen Fry published an open letter on his website urging the International Olympics Committee and Prime Minister David Cameron to move the Olympics anywhere but Russia. “It is simply not enough to say that gay Olympians may or may not be safe in their village,” said Fry. “An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 is simply essential.”

 

 

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One response to “Celebrities who spoke against Sochi Olympics”

  1. Vanya says:

    West with its liberal views and gay freedom! Look what are you turning into! Look what happens with your society, kids and moral values! Look were democracy has brought you and the country you have touched upon! Being gay is non-natural, so why promoting it so eagerly! Do it at home, and do not stick your f..g nose into Russia that tries to preserve its traditional cultural background with happy strong family ties and heterosexual relationship. Why would then you western men seek for Slavic brides hundred thousands on-line? The answer is simple they are seek and tired of too much freedom and its execs that affects the decay of the society on all the levels.