Cher says no to performance at Sochi Olympics
Gay ally and pop superstar Cher has turned down a request to sing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics saying the nation’s anti gay laws were the reason for her decision.
According to reports in MacLean’s magazine the iconic singer was asked by a friend to become an ambassador for the event and perform at the opening ceremony but she felt she had to decline.
“I can’t name names, but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show,” she said. “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.”
The singer is a long time supporter of gay rights she told Maclean’s magazine that she and her late ex husband Sonny had always identified with the community.
“People hated Sonny [Bono] and I in the early days because we looked and acted so different,” she commented. “Sonny was always getting into fights — people would call 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.”
Cher is not the first celebrity to come out against Russia’s anti gay laws, recently Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller declined an invitation to Russia due to its anti-gay laws and actors such as Stephen Fry and Tilda Swinton have been vocal in their opposition.