Russian fans of singer/actress Selena Gomez were left disappointed this week and she was forced to cancel her Russian tour dates after allegedly being denied a work visa.
The Moscow Times
reports that Gomez’s visa was probably denied due to the recent Russian crack down on foreign singers following the tightening of Russia’s anti-gay law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” The ban was in response to a number of musicians, such as Lady Gaga and Madonna, who openly showed support for homosexuals during their Russian shows last year.
Though Gomez has not publicly taken a stance on the issue, she has come under pressure from fans and LGBT groups to denounce the new laws. US-based author and gay rights activist, John Becker, launched a petition on Change.org
calling on Gomez to “speak out for LGBT Russians at her upcoming concerts there”. The petition currently has 14,857 supporters.
The “Come and Get It” singer was due to perform in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday followed by gigs in St Petersburg and Moscow. These were all cancelled along with a further performance in Kiev, Ukraine. Gomez will now next perform in Dubai on September 27 before returning to the US to finish up her Stars Dance