Monday, 20 August 2012

Madonna: Self-Promoting Homophobes

A group of Russian anti-gay activists are suing American pop star Madonna for $10m, saying she had insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg last week.
Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her back, Madonna attacked a city law adopted in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda". She had earlier called the law a "ridiculous atrocity"...
"She had been warned with words that she should behave in line with the law and she ignored it. So we will speak in the language of money," said Darya Dedova, one of the 10 activists who filed the lawsuit in a St Petersburg court.
"Of course, it is difficult to measure moral damages and suffering but maybe people who earn money regardless of moral rules will better understand this."
Dedova added that if they won the case, the money would be sent to orphanages...

The Guardian
This has become a huge story - and it's laughable on many levels.
After the Pussy Riot farce I guess all nutty things are possible in Russia these days, but if this actually goes to court I'll eat my feet.
It looks to me like mere publicity-seeking by some homophobic loons, and as the story's gone global they've clearly won.
The headline-hugging $10m figure has appeared everywhere - the maximum fine for "promoting homosexuality" in St Petersburg is $16,700.
Damages? Schamages.

Update: Yup, this was thrown out (laughed out?) of court late November.

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