Lady Gaga Urges Boycott of Sochi Olympics
By Jase Peeples
Lady Gaga applauded British diver Tom Daley for his decision to reveal he’s currently in a relationship with a man, before voicing her disappointment at the United States’ decision to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, reports the U.K. Independent.
“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” she told Alan Carr on his Channel 4 show Chatty Man. “I mean, I would never take anything away from [the athlete’s] hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays.”
“It made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia, and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics… I can’t, it just feels so wrong and sad,” she said, before adding, “I hate saying that, because I’m so excited for those like Tom Daley to go and to win and to rejoice.”
When the bisexual singer was asked if she would consider returning to Russia in the future she answered, “I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”
Despite warnings she received about spreading “gay propaganda” in her stage show while in Moscow last year, Gaga defied the Russian government during her performance, saying, “Thank you for spreading the message of equality around the world. Thank you for spreading the message of Born This Way.”
“Get on your feet, stand up, Russia. You have one chance to unite,” she later said. “Where's all my gay kids tonight? Tonight, this is my house, Russia.”