Madonna posted this snippet on her Facebook page of her on stage tonight in St. Petersburg, Russia. She speaks out in support of LGBT rights, which is actually illegal in the city. Officials had warned her she would be prosecuted if she broke the law. Nothing’s happened yet.
All attendees were given special pink wristbands upon entry to the show, so she asks the audience to raise their arms in support of the gays.
You can even see little Rocco on stage showing his support!
The full speech is after the jump (fan video).
BREAKING NEWS: Officials at the US Embassy in Moscow and the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg have received information regarding threats of violence against her concert attendees, and anyone involved with the show. It is not clear if there have been direct threats made to Madonna. Her tour promoter, Live Nation, has not yet responded.
They have issued warnings to US citizens and anyone attending the show tonight in Moscow or in St. Petersburg on August 9th. The information has also been shared with Russian authorities who plan to have increased security at the shows.
The warning reads, in part, “While we expect that enhanced security measures will be put in place at both concerts, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas.”
The Russian shows—as well as the entire tour thus far—seem to have been met with controversy at every turn. St. Petersburg has recently passed a law against ‘gay propaganda’ and Madonna has been told that she will face a possible arrest if she discusses gay rights at the show. She has said that she will speak up for gay rights and refuses to back down. Also, in Moscow, the all girl punk group Pussy Riot has been arrested and has asked for Madonna to speak out for them at her concert. No word yet on how Madonna will handle that matter.
For the complete US Embassy warning, jump in.
There are a lot of music, movie, and Madonna memories that I have from the past. I’ve decided to share them with you here on the blog in regular intervals. This post is the first of several to come. Here, I’ll focus on a music memory.
I’ve always loved Prince’s album, ‘Controversy’ and felt that it was underrated. We often hear about his brilliant stuff like, 1999, ‘Sign ‘o the Times’, ‘Parade’, and of course ‘Purple Rain’. All of them deserving of praise, but what about the lesser discussed records? In my mind, Controversy deserves some press time. So, let’s work.