By Anna Peirano
Lady Gaga performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, during a weekend concert, and Russian conservatives want her arrested.
Her crime? Spreading pro-homosexual propaganda in the country. While performing, a translator for the pop-star told the crowd that Gaga wants respect for gay rights, and that, “Lady Gaga wants to say that she expects respect from others – she’s not here to offend anyone’s religion or faith, she’s here to unite us.”
Vitaly Milonov, the conservative behind this year’s law in Russia banning “homosexual propaganda” and pride parades in the country for the next 100 years, plans to launch an investigation, which he hopes will lead to arrest, or at least a potential $50,000 fine.
“We will contact prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the situation,” Milonov told Russia’s Life News regarding the Gaga incident. “When people tell kids ‘you must support sexual minorities’, that can create a false equivalence for them between traditional and non-traditional relationships.”
“We saw that in addition to music, songs and such, there were direct calls for 12-year-old citizens to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” Milonov added, according to Reuters.
Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, spoke out against the discriminatory law, saying that “not all relations between people can be regulated by law.”
Gaga isn’t alone in using her star power to spread the message. Madonna performed in Russia earlier, in August of this year, and also spoke on stage addressing LGBT rights and against the anti-LGBT legislation. She was then involved in a $10.5 million anti-gay lawsuit for “moral damage.” The lawsuit was thrown out last month.