Blondie Debbie Harry has decided to clarify the situation around a little scandal on Twitter, when the group posted a picture of the contract offers to perform in Sochi. It was assumed that the legendary New York team will play a 45-minute set at the Olympic concert within the Red Rocks Festival. Right on the proposal was strongly marker inscribed: “Passing”, and just below flaunted explanation: “Human Rights”. In an interview with Huffington Post Harry described the situation as very serious – there was a view of a tough attitude to politics in Russia regarding sexual minorities and human rights.
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«Blondie always been part of the New York bohemia, and even among our friends there enough people who adhered to an alternative lifestyle – said in his address singer. – We road and association with these people and the reputation of the group as a whole. All of us have experienced difficult situation in which in the first place came prejudices. ” According to Debbie, refusal to show in front of an audience 25000th February 13th, only strengthened the power of the protest action.
Among the other artists as there are people willing to voice criticism regarding the anti-gay policy in Russia. In particular, Sher noted that rejected the proposal to be “after the Olympics, and open the show,” arguing it flashes Russian “gay hatred.” Recall that in 2012 Madonna defied the law against gay propaganda in St. Petersburg, calling to show “respect, patience and love” for the community and LGBT organizing distribution of pink bracelets in the hall.