What is Lady Gaga if not our favourite controversy stirrer?
The singer gained the attention of many Russian politicians following a concert in Saint Petersburgh last year, who criticized her for promoting gay propaganda.
One particular politician, a Mr Vitaly Milonov, has filed a request for the Prosecutor General to investigate Gaga’s stay in Russia. He is accusing her of unlawfully performing for money on Russian soil with only a tourist Visa, reports Digital Spy.
The request has left us thinking: Is this really a breach of immigration issue or is it another Putin-esque move against the spread of gay material?
The waters is Russia have been quite troubled since Prime Minister Vladimir Putin passed a bill to ban the spread of “homosexual propaganda” within the country in late June. This ban took little time to gain international recognition, and prompted a Vancouver-wide boycott of Russian Vodkas in bars as well as talks of boycotting the Sochi 2014 olympics.
The ban imposes large fines and jail terms on those who spread homosexual propaganda, even foreign tourists. Gaga herself is facing fines of up to $50 000, reports Queerty.
Ironically enough, Madonna suffered the same fate last year by the hands of the same politician. Mr Milonov filed a complaint against her performing on Russian soil after she made several pro-gay statements, reports Digital Spy.
The singer has been a loud and proud advocate of gay rights for much of her career. One of her hit singles, “Born This Way,” is a therapeutic hymn for many in the LGBTQ community.
This raises an ethical issue: Should artists censor their shows depending on the views of the country they’re in? What do you guys think?