Selena Gomez has been forced to cancel two proposed concerts – in St. Petersburg and in Moscow – because Russian authorities have refused to issue the singer a visa to enter the country, reports MTV News on Friday, Sept. 20. The shows would have been part of the singer’s Stars Dance Tour, and were scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, and Sept. 25 at Olimpiisky Stadium in Moscow.
The trouble is over a public position Selena Gomez has taken over gay rights, and she is in company with Lady Gaga and Madonna, who have also had to cancel concerts. Her visa, according to reports, has probably been denied due "indirectly" to the country's anti-gay laws, including a new law passed in June, which have collectively led to a government crack-down on artists who are thought to be spreading "homosexual propaganda" among minors.
There is no time to argue the matter, since the tour is tightly scheduled. Selena Gomez is forced to cancel the concerts and move on, even though activists are urging her to make a public stand. The Stars Dance show will play Dubai on September 27 before heading back to the United States on October 10, playing on through November.