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In Russia it is illegal to even confirm the existence of homosexuality to children. Not only does the government turn a blind eye to violence against LGBT people, it encourages it. So it’s unclear why anyone thought there was even a chance that Cher would agree to perform there. But someone did. And she said no. The mind reels.
Cher mentioned the invite during an interview with Maclean’s, a Canadian magazine:
I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch [in Russia], 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.
Cher is perhaps the most outspoken advocate for the LGBT community. She also tells Maclean’s why she identifies with people on the fringes of society. “People hated Sonny and I in the early days because we looked and acted so different. Sonny was always getting into fights-people would called him ‘fag’ and he’d get his nose broken-only because we were dressing different. And these were our street clothes! You can’t forget that. We tried getting on TV but the backlash against the networks was so bad, they wouldn’t invite us back.”
Cher isn’t the only celebrity to say no thanks to a Russian invite since the country made it abundantly clear that it believes gay people are subhuman. Wentworth Miller recently penned an open letter rejecting an invite to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
There have been conflicting reports whether or not gay athletes will be subject to arrest while in Russia for the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee has insisted that Russia will comply with the Olympic Charter which bans discrimination. However, Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has insisted that the law will be upheld, saying: “If a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn’t have the authority.”
It’s that time of the week again when the celebrity weeklies hit the newsstands. To separate what’s real and rumor, we turned to our friends at Gossip Cop for the 411 on this week’s most controversial stories.
Britney Spears “went berserk” when she heard that Kevin Federline got re-married, reveals the National Enquirer. The mag says the singer “collapsed” over the news because “she’s long suffered from the delusion that she and Kevin would one day get back together.” For more on Spears’ meltdown, see what a source close to the star confides to Gossip Cop.
Lady Gaga and Cher are feuding because Gaga “hijacked” the recent Gay Pride Parade in New York, reports Star. Now, “Cher is badmouthing Gaga to her industry friends, calling her ungrateful and disrespectful,” says the mag. For more on their “tension,” go to Gossip Cop.
Jennifer Aniston urged Emma Roberts to “get therapy” after the young star’s fight with boyfriend Evan Peters, reports Star. According to the mag, Aniston also “pleaded” with her We’re the Millers co-star to “break up with Evan.” For how else Aniston is trying to help Roberts, click over to Gossip Cop.
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are feuding over Justin Bieber, reports Us Weekly, which claims Swift “isn’t happy” about the pair’s on and off relationship. According to the mag, “Taylor hates him” and “thinks Selena makes a mistake every time she reconciles with him.” For why Swift is so anti-Bieber, log on to Gossip Cop.
Kim Kardashian is raising her baby daughter “on her own,” reports Star. The mag says Kanye West “doesn’t help” take care of North West, and Kardashian is slowly “falling apart” under the stress of being a single mom. For whether the couple is going to split, head over to Gossip Cop.
No one was more stunned than Cher when she recently found out Dancing with the Stars will pay tribute to her decades-long music career on the Nov. 4 show.
“It’s always strange when people do something like this. You’re not thinking about those kinds of things,” she tells PEOPLE. “It just always takes me by surprise. It just does.”
Cher will sing her hit “Believe” and her new song “Closer To The Truth” on the show, as well as serve as a guest judge, but won’t be dancing because of a foot injury she sustained years ago. “I am waiting to have an operation,” she says. “The doctor got a little crankier and said I have to do it.”
Even if she could dance today, you won’t find Cher dancing on DWTS as a contestant. “Aren’t I old enough now not to be a contestant anymore?” the singer, 67, says. “Haven’t I got past the contestant part?”
Her son, Chaz Bono, who was a contestant on DWTS, will be there for the tribute. “I am excited for it and he is too,” she said. “But like me, he is low-key and won’t get excited for it until that day. We are all low-key.”
She says she is “so proud” of his dramatic weight loss. “People talk about losing weight? He did it.”
As for finding love again, she says, “It’s a thought. This is the problem, though. The moment you say you are dating someone, then everything falls to s—. And I am just tired of that.”
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