Selena Gomez Cancels Russian Concert after being declined Visa Amidst Anti-Gay Speculation
Selena Gomez was forced to cancel two concerts in Russia today after the Government officials rejected her visa, reportedly relates to stricter transits laws for foreign artists linked to the country’s controversial anti gay legislation.
The Singer had been listed to perform at St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on September 23 and Moscow Olimpiisky Stadium on September 25.
Before to the cancellation of the two shows, Selena Gomez was facing pressure to take a stand on LGBT rights in the former Soviet Union as the subject of a Change.org petition. The petition called on Selena to speak out and “let LGBT folks in Russia knows that we stand with them, and they are not alone”. It reached over 1,000 signatures before the news of Gomez denial of visa became public.
According to the story on German site Spiegel stated that “ the concert organizer jewgeni Finkelsschtejn informed that the new rules may harm the country enormously. There is a risk that prominent artists could renounce performances in Russia in the future, told to state agency Ria Novosti”.
Russsia has been the subject of international critique and scrutiny for its series of anti LGBT legislation including a gay prpoganda law and a proposed bill that would remove children from the homes of their LGBT parents. Not only have the vigilantes allegedly interpreted the law as personal agency to publicily attack and openly despise
Not only have vigilance man allegedly interpreted the law as personal agency to publicly attack and openly despise their LGBT neighbors, but internationally-known entertainers with ties to the gay community have become targets for Russian officials and their homophobic campaign.