Friday, 13 September 2013

Sochi Olympics: Cher Speaks Out!

I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.

Via Queerty et al. 

A few thoughts...

1. “I immediately said no” – might have been an idea for Cher to stop and think about it for a bit, no?
It could have been such a wonderful and positive thing if she was there.

2. Why didn't Cher consider what LGBT campaigners in Russia think would be best?
Are there any who support a boycott, or think it would help gay people there?
I asked this rather mundane question in the comments section below the Queerty story, as so many of their well-informed American readers supported a boycott and Cher's apparent no-show ("HOORAY for Cher! The Russia Olympics should be boycotted by the entire WORLD!!!!!" etc).
A typical considered reply; "Die you you crazy a hole and Jonny wier is a self serving just like your self".

3. Erm, this oligarch friend of yours, Cher, who is apparently booking acts for the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, do you not name his name because - perchance - you haven't really been asked?

• To read more of Cher's sober and informed reflections on political issues of the day please follow her on Twitter.

Update: The Sochi organising committee later issued a statement saying; “There have never been negotiations with Cher about her possible participation in the ceremonies." Surprise!

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