Selena Gomez has been forced to cancel two concerts that were scheduled for St. Petersburg and Moscow due to the current gay rights issue in Russia. On Friday FOX News reported Gomez could not obtain her visa in time to perform for the Monday and Wednesday shows.
Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law has prompted stricter visa procedures for performers who might have a gay rights agenda, which followed the controversial concerts of pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna. Selena Gomez reportedly participated in the 2013 LA Pride Festival, a fact Russian officials state has nothing to do with the cancellation of Gomez's concerts.
According to FOX News, grievances from the opinionated Russian lawmaker, Vitaly Milonov, provoked the rigid visa guidelines for celebrities and the current anti-gay law. Activists claim the law can ban any gay-themed event, and it has received global criticism and celebrity backlash: Wentworth Miller, who recently came out, refused an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
The strict guidelines caused much confusion and a delay in Selena Gomez’s retrieval her visa, thereby forcing her to cancel the two Russian concerts that were part of the 2013 Stars Dance Tour.
The concert dates for the Russia venues have been removed from the Selena Gomez tour site. The “Come & Get It” singer will next perform in Dubai on September 27.
Update: Although the Miss Universe pageant is scheduled to remain in Russia, the openly gay host, Andy Cohen, declined as host, according to the LA Times.
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