Blondie bombshell Debbie Harry has revealed that the rock group was approached to perform at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but declined due to Russia’s history with human rights.
The new wave, mid-seventies starlet was invited to travel to Russia to perform in front of a large crowd of 25,000 people for a 45-minute set, meant for February 13. The show had been arranged to take place starting at 9:00 pm.
In a statement sent to the Huffington Post, Harry wrote: “Blondie has always been a part of the downtown community in NYC, with many, many friends who represent alternative lifestyles. 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.”
On Friday, February 7, the Blondie front woman posted on Twitter:
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) February 7, 2014
The included photo of the typed invitation has the word “Pass” underlined in bold, black marker and “Human Rights” written underneath. In the invitation, Red Rocks Festival appears to have proposed a set on the Sochi Medals Plaza—the Olympics main stage, where the winter medals are awarded each night—sponsored by Sber Bank Russia.
The invitation also extends a “flat fee” payment offer “for 1 show,” although the amount is obscured underneath Harry’s bold handwriting.
The tweet has been met with an overwhelming amount of popularity; Harry’s post of the invitation has been retweeted over a thousand times and received 614 favorites.