Russia has denied Selena Gomez a visa to enter the country. The singer has been forced to cancel her St. Petersburg (September 23) and Moscow (September 25) dates last minute as a result.
Although Selena and her rep have not released a public statement regarding the denied visa, it’s assumed it’s over the country’s controversial anti-gay laws which was passed earlier this year. The law prohibits same-sex couples from adopting, the distribution of “propaganda of homosexuality” to minors and gives its law enforcement the power to arrest foreigners they suspect as being “pro-gay.” Selena has shown her support for the LGBTQ community by showing up to pride events in the past as well as telling her fans to stand up to bullies.
Selena’s not the first artist to be affected by Russia’s controversial stance. Big LGBTQ supporters Madonna and Lady Gaga have been banned from Russia due to violating their visas for “promoted homosexuality” during their concerts last year. Madonna was even sued by conservative Russian activists who believe she violated the ban of homosexual propaganda to minors. This law is also forcing other artists like Elton John to reconsider their performances in this country. In fact, Cher has turned down the offer to perform at the Winter Olympics ceremony in Sochi next year.
Regardless of what has happened, we’re sending our love to our Russian Selenators who have had this unfortunate event brought upon them.