Much has been said about the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia since the nation’s president, Vladmir Putin, unveiled strict anti-gay laws in the country earlier this year. Since then, people around the world have been criticizing Russia and debating on whether or not to send athletes to Russie for the games. Now, famous LGBT rights activist Lady Gaga has thrown her voice into the mix and is calling for a boycott of the 2014 Olympic Games.
In a recent interview on “Chatty Man,” Gaga praised British Olympic diver Tom Daley for coming out as bisexual. She then said then claimed that the world should withdraw its support from the Olympics while Russia still has its anti-gay laws.
“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” Gaga reportedly stated. “I mean, I would never take anything away from [the athlete’s] hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays … It made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics … I can’t, it just feels so wrong and sad. I hate saying that, because I’m so excited for those like Tom Daley to go and to win and to rejoice.”
Earlier this year, Gaga, alongside Madonna, found herself in hot water with Russian officials for her pro-LGBT stance.
“When asked if she would return to Russia, Gaga reportedly stated, “I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”
Well, considering what Gaga is now saying about the nation we’re not sure if she’ll be invited back with open arms. However, she’s not the only one taking issue with Russia’s anti-gay laws. See who else has a problem with them below. – nicholas robinson
Earlier this year, President Obama criticized Russia for criminalizing Russia and perpetuating an anti-gay climate in which hate crimes are on the rise.