December 2, 2013 13:09
Elton John Russia gig reportedly 'on verge of collapse' over gay propaganda laws
Singer is due to perform at Moscow's Crocus City Hall on Friday (December 6)
Sir Elton is due to perform live at Moscow's Crocus City Hall on Friday (December 6). However, The Times reports that his gig, plus a second date in Kazan, is "on the verge of collapse" because of his plans to show support for the gay community in Russia.
Speaking in an interview with The Guardian in September, John claimed that he chose to play the gig to show support for gay people in Russia affected by the controversial law. "I’m supposed to be going to Moscow in December," he said. "I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully. There’s two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you’re really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go."
Earlier this year Lady Gaga's tour promoter was fined by a Russian court for "propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality".
A St Petersburg court responded to a complaint by local resident Nadezhda Petrova who claimed that during December 2012 show in the city, her 13-year old daughter was exposed to an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption.
The judge ruled that the gig's promoter Planeta Plus, had violated a clause in Russia's administrative code on "protection of children from information that could harm their health and/or development".
A similar law was enacted in St Petersburg earlier this year against Madonna following her show in the city in August 2012. However, an attempt to sue the singer was thrown out of court.
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