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PopWrapped | Music

Don't 'Call Me', Blondie Turns Down Olympic Gig Due To Human Rights

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Updated 02/11/2014 9:21pm
Don't 'Call Me', Blondie Turns Down Olympic Gig Due To Human Rights
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Kaitlin Banks

Staff Writer

Legendary rock group, Blondie, has turned down an opportunity to perform at the Sochi Olympics. Why, you may ask? Human rights. Frontwoman Debby Harry took to Twitter to send out a picture showing the official offer letter, across which she has written “PASS” and “HUMAN RIGHTS” –the band’s way of criticizing Russia’s discrimination against the gay community. In a statement, Harry says, “We feel very strongly about these friendships and associations, and don’t feel good about participating in a situation where biases and prejudices are paramount.” The gig would have guaranteed Blondie a 45-minute set on the “main stage of the 25,000-capacity Sochi Medals Plaza.” Not many bands would turn down such an amazing opportunity, so Blondie’s refusal is a pretty powerful symbol of protest. Keep up with PopWrapped on the web! http://www.PopWrapped.com http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Popwrapped.Tumblr.com http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped  
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