Madonna sued for supporting gays

2012-08-20 07:38
Moscow - Some Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St Petersburg.

Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert on 9 August.

Russian news agencies quote Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the nine activists, as saying the suit was filed on Friday against Madonna, the organiser of her concert, and the hall where it was held, asking for damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5m.

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Responding to criticism that the plaintiffs were stuck in the Middle Ages, the lawyer said they were using civilised, modern methods to defend their rights.

"No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition," Pochuyev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. "Modern civilisation requires tolerance and respect for different values."

The complaint includes a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience, the new agency reported.

Pussy Riot

Madonna's spokesperson, Liz Rosenberg, did not immediately respond to emails asking for the singer's reaction to the lawsuit.

Madonna also has angered conservative Russians with her support for Pussy Riot. Three members of the punk band were sentenced on Friday to two years in prison for a protest inside Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin and his cozy relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Madonna spoke out in support of the group during her concert in St Petersburg and two days earlier in Moscow. After the verdict was issued, Madonna called on "all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment".

Comments

  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-08-20 07:52

    Silly Russians

  • philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 08:06

    Well done Russia, the rest of the world must learn from you. I often wonder what goes through the minds of little children when these gays carrying on the way the do in public with these sickening pride parades and rubbish. Be gay if u want just have some consideration for children!

      stefanus.nel.50 - 2012-08-20 08:14

      I wonder what goes through the minds of children when intolerance and hate is taught by people like you. Oh no wait - they grow up to be a$$holes like you.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 08:23

      When some religious people want to use ancient texts to justify acting upon their prejudices, citing the book of Leviticus suits them just fine. On the other hand, when such people want to indulge in practices prohibited by those same ancient texts, ignoring the bible suits them just fine. For example, Leviticus. Particularly the bit about no tattoos. It's amusing stuff. I frequently wonder why, among the many rules and prescriptions therein, Christians don't sacrifice oxen or go to the "priest" to be inspected for "white marks". It's all there, right next to the warning regarding the abomination of homosexuality

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-20 08:24

      Ag shame Philip! Don't you think you need some serious counseling?

      mgcini.ndlovu.9 - 2012-08-20 08:29

      I totaly agree with you Phillip......be gay if you want too but just keep it off our children

      mgcini.ndlovu.9 - 2012-08-20 08:30

      I totaly agree with you Phillip......be gay if you want too but just keep it off our children

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 08:30

      Philip - first of all I am not homosexual - just a decent human being. Also, there are only 2 ways where your homophobia can stem from 1) religion 2) you are homosexual but have issues in dealing with it 3) option 2 is driven by option 1.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 08:37

      It is also ironic that Philip and the religious goes absolutely bananas over homosexuals but say nothing about the millions of children affected by drug and alcohol abuse of parents, which are destroying their children. I see no one being prosecuted for choosing to spend all the family money on alcohol instead of their kids' education / food. I see no heated arguments and protest against the liquor stores and gambling houses so blatantly playing on people's illness. I mean, there else will the church buy their booze for their silly rituals... Have some consideration for our children Philip!

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-20 08:44

      Dear Adriaan - you have hit nail on the head! Seems as if Philip falls into category 2! Most often the case though!

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 08:44

      Yeah Philip - we should not tolerate people loving each other, but we should tolerate these people!? Your claim of also hating these people either is a bluff, or just support the argument you are just a hateful person! Which is it? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/father-angel-armando-perez-chasing-boy_n_1784538.html

      bryan.culross - 2012-08-20 08:49

      Re: "I often wonder what goes through the minds of little children ...." - well to my mind nothing much should go through their minds because being gay or straight should be a non-issue and its only people like you Philip that seem to what to make it an issue.

      atholl.hay - 2012-08-20 08:54

      "I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an a**hole." (Morgan Freeman on Twitter)

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 08:59

      Philip, I agree with you.

      iceman196 - 2012-08-20 09:07

      CHOP

      Augustin Kabongo Maweja - 2012-08-20 09:12

      well put Phillip, God intended a man to lay down with a woman, some humans are telling God u stupid, we gonna do it same sex, we know better; it your choice, hands off our kids

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-20 09:15

      Philip, you must have tendencies, no normal man or woman I know has a problem with people who are different, unless deep inside they want to be different too but are scared. People like you disgust me.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-20 09:55

      Nice one Wesley

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 10:08

      This best describes Phillip, Johan and the Xian gay hating chorus. “Nothing optional—from homosexuality to adultery—is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishments) have a repressed desire to participate. As Shakespeare put it in King Lear, the policeman who lashes the whore has a hot need to use her for the very offense for which he plies the lash.” -- Christopher Hitchens

      goyougoodthing - 2012-08-20 11:10

      @ZAA - much like the slave owner who detests black people so much he rapes them - or the farmer who did the same back in the day in SA... or the clergy who wanted nothing more than an altar boy, the anti drug christian who was a crack addict and wants nothing more than to go back... and on and on and on... yep, those that display the least tolerance are the ones with the most to hide.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-08-20 08:11

    Disgusting

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-08-20 08:24

    AGH!

  • zaatheist - 2012-08-20 08:25

    The usual hatreds spewed by religious nutters. If only people got this militant about education reform or poverty...or something else that actually MATTERS...imagine how much we could accomplish! And isn't it a little puzzling that a man as feminine as Jesus can be the main hero of so many homophobes?

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 08:27

      "Responding to criticism that the plaintiffs were stuck in the Middle Ages, the lawyer said they were using civilised, modern methods to defend their rights." What rights? The right to discriminate and trample upon the rights of others?

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 08:55

      Atheist, you are treading on thin ice. Rather keep quiet about our religion. If you choose not to believe, then its your choice. But don't blaspheme. You offend me and many others.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 08:58

      @johandebeer: What you going to do? Beat him up? Why not ask your god to do the punishments or is he only able to rent out thugs like you to deal with those nasty secular humanists?

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 09:16

      ohandebeer What thin ice? All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do. I don’t respect the idea that a man was born of a virgin, walked on water and rose from the dead. I don’t respect the idea that we should follow a "Prophet" who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn’t follow him. Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.– Thomas Jefferson

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-20 09:53

      @ZAatheist It seems like he threatened you there... seems like such a lovely xtian... NOT!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-20 08:33

    PATHETIC... FREEDOM OF CHOICE IS UP TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON!!!

      hendrikvs - 2012-08-20 08:46

      Not sure what specifically you refer to as the "choice" Franchie. Fortunately homosexuality is not a choice!

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 08:52

    Lock her up as well

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 09:00

      Hey Johan, is that what your imaginary god told your this morning?? Why can he not do it himself? Is he so powerless or shy or non-existent that he must use you to post a stupid comment 1000's of kilometres away from where the action is?

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 09:18

      johandebeer You are one sick puppy. I assume you also believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, zombies flying through the air and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories. 150+ years ago these religious nutters were ranting on to protect slavery. Up till into the 1990's they ranted on against people with dark skins and used the bible to justify apartheid. They lost those battles. And since religion always attempts to separate the sheep form the rest of society, to make the sheep feel superior, they need bogeymen. Gays are in. When they eventually lose this battle they will come after the non-believers again.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-20 12:08

      Jip, a coward

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-20 09:07

    STUPID RUSKIES, GET A LIFE

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-20 09:32

    What a bunch of morons.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 10:26

      Wesly Can you just feel the love of Jesus espoused by the religiously brain addled Phillip cretin?

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 10:41

      @Philip: Keep it coming Philip, you are your own best advertisement for wiping yourself out of the gene pool! :-) Although I shudder to think that you will implant this hate / bigotry unto your children. Another lost generation... :-(

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 10:50

      @Phillip Because you are so obviously a hate filled, brain addled, brainwashed religious dimwit.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 10:53

      OK, you are definitely screaming to come out of the closet. You are fantasising way too much about what homosexual people are doing in private. And if you say "But they are not doing it in private" then that is because you are out looking for what they are doing! Christopher Hitchens really had you in mind when he said this: “Nothing optional—from homosexuality to adultery—is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishments) have a repressed desire to participate. As Shakespeare put it in King Lear, the policeman who lashes the whore has a hot need to use her for the very offense for which he plies the lash.”

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 10:54

      Adriaan, seeing that you are a keyboard hero how about we meet up face to face and continue with this discussion and while we at it, bring my children into it.......

      Pulverturm - 2012-08-20 10:58

      Hey Phil, why don't you watch some gay porn and see what comes up? I have no doubt you have latent homosexual tendencies. I was once homophobic too, when I was 14... By the time I was 16 I knew I was attracted to men. Such a pity it's taking you so long to come to the same realisation!

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 11:24

      Aag Philip - Unlike you I am not insecure about my manhood. So your silly puffing up of the chest is only making me laugh. I am bringing your children into this because a) you are not internet savvy and thus exposing more information than you should b) I really do feel sorry for them that you will impart your hate / bigotry unto them. Nothing sinister - really just concern.

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 11:39

      @ adriaan Who care about internet SAVVY, you want my home address? I have nothing to hide and where you come with me puffing up my chest, maybe that's what you would like me to do, im just saying all of you h o m o s on here are very brave behind your pc yet i bet not 1 of you would meet with me to discuss this face to face cause you know what you do is WRONG and immoral.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 12:09

      @Philip: If I was gay and want to be a stereotype then I will rock up on your doorstep dressed in a cowboy outfit, exposing my pasty white buttocks (just for you handsome) with my Logitech Wireless Keyboard in my pocket (it is big and happy to see you). You can call me your "Keyboard Cowboy"! But then I suspect you might have already worked through that fantasy! Seriously - someone who is in such self denial, filled with hatred and showing such a lack of understanding for the human condition will not be convinced of anything.

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 12:22

      adriaan you like a bad smell that wont go away you know that, im actually too tired to argue with you anymore.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-20 12:24

      Little homo? Being 1.96m tall and 115kg, i don't think i can be classified as little. You are right about the homo part. Neh, it was tender yet passionate man-on-man love :) thanks for asking

  • atholl.hay - 2012-08-20 10:41

    Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths; they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes; and whether you know it, or whether you acknowledge it, we are your family, your friends, and your neighbours. Being gay is a human reality.

  • anna.koen - 2012-08-20 11:37

    Ridiculous!!! Being gay is NOT a choice, just like being straight isn't! Bloggers metioning children and religion are narrowminded - first of all, if you explain to your children what gay means, and stop making a fuss of it, it won't be an issue, your narrowmindedness just passes onto your kids, which makes for a very cinical world, secondly, stop bringing religion into this, if you are religious, you should know that you should not JUDGE people! I find that people who use religion to fight any kind of argument, really only choose certain parts of their religion that suits them. Seriously, as if straight people don't do offensive things that offend religious people, and children. Oh, and to those bloggers who want to respond by correcting my grammar or spelling...... don't waste your time, nobody pays attention to you in real life anyway!

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 11:51

      Come on then anna, seeing as you the expert what would you tell your 2 sons if they saw 2 men kissing and asked you what thats all about, explain GAY as you say?

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-20 12:11

      Simple, you tell them that here are 2 people that are attracted to one another. No mystery there!?

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 12:11

      Anna He is mentally ill so you need to excuse him I suppose.

      anna.koen - 2012-08-20 12:13

      @ Philip, I would tell them the exact same thing my mother told me, some people like the opposite sex, and some people like the same sex. I have known that my cousin was gay since I was 7 years old, but because my mother never made an issue out of it, and was open minded enough to explain it in it's simplest terms, I never thought it different.

      Pulverturm - 2012-08-20 12:20

      Hey Phil... does the thought of two men kissing send cold chills down your spine? I bet it does! It's because deep down you know you want to try it! Same cold chills as when a straight man sees a hot woman!

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 12:33

      @pulverturm Yes you right, i want it, i want you! Now come meet up with me to show me what i have been missing out on!!

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 12:45

      @Anna I hear what you saying and yeah i suppose there is not much more you can say to a child really. I will however tell them how i feel about it and no matter who says what, i will never accept it, doesnt mean i will force them to dislike it as well cause what type of a parent would i be teaching my child to hate.

      Pulverturm - 2012-08-20 12:50

      Hey Phil, sorry, you're not my type. I prefer men a who are comfortable with their sexuality. BTW, what you going to do if one of your children turn out to be gay? Would you cast them out on the street and never speak to them again?

      philip.keeling.7 - 2012-08-20 13:04

      @pulverturm Like i said i would not be doing my job as a parent if i taught my children to hate you people, all i can do is pray that they dont turn out that way and you said what would i do if they did? Well seeing that im so protective over my children, nothing would change, i will always be there for them, love and cherish them as a father is supposed to do. You were probably expecting me to say i would rather them be dead than being gay or hell yeah i will kick them out my house so fast their heads would spin, honestly its what i would want to say but i simply love my children too much to say anything of that sort

      maryanne.pitout.3 - 2012-08-20 13:21

      Guys would you stop arguing. You each have the right to your own opinion. If you want someone to respect your opinion you have to respect theirs if you don't or simply can't then just agree to disagree. There are worse things in life than being gay. Abuse,hunger,poverty,terrorism,oppression you name it and you want to argue about who is right. Atleast gay people aren't hurting anyone. Either way just stop arguing because neither of you are really helping your side of the fence.

      Pulverturm - 2012-08-20 13:29

      Philip, then I truly fail to see where all this anger and hatred you have towards homosexuals comes from? People keep telling us that we promote homosexuality. You can't promote it, you either are or you aren't. What we promote is acceptance! Why should I feel skaam about kissing the person I love in public just because it makes some people uncomfortable? I think those people need to ask why they are uncomfortable in the first place!

  • Madonnna007 - 2012-08-20 12:23

    I support Madonna fully,she has stood up for the gay and lesbian community for years.all ppl need to learn to respect each other. gays are born this way,its there right to express themselves.

  • Madonnna007 - 2012-08-20 12:23

    I support Madonna fully,she has stood up for the gay and lesbian community for years.all ppl need to learn to respect each other. gays are born this way,its there right to express themselves.

  • maryanne.pitout.3 - 2012-08-20 13:12

    I think people have the right to date whomever makes them feel happy,and makes them feel confident and safe. If they find that in a person of the same gender then so be it. Furthermore it seems as though the biggest problem is homosexual men. I say this because the majority of people that I have come in contact with love girl on girl action. I am heterosexual however my brother and several of my friends are homosexual.

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-08-20 14:31

    With Russian women being so hot, who still has time to be gay?

  • sam.mcdonald.9847 - 2012-08-20 17:23

    So, some Russian activists say they were offended by Madonna. But didn't they also offend the gay community when they took their rights away? Hypocrites! Never stop fighting the good fight Madonna!!!

  • patriciawoulidge - 2012-08-21 16:59

    if you are offended by madonna's stance on gay rights, or any of her other controversial opinions, why take your kids to her concert in the first place?

  • lindani.mazibuko.9 - 2012-08-28 20:05

    just because your insulted doesnt mean your right

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