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Selena Gomez scraps Russian gigs after visa denial

WENN

Pop star and actress Selena Gomez has been forced to ax two upcoming concerts in Russia after immigration officials rejected her application for a work visa.

The "Come & Get It" hit maker was due to perform for fans in St. Petersburg on Monday and in Moscow next Wednesday, but the gigs have now been pulled, according to TheMoscowTimes.com.

Reports suggest Gomez's permit was denied as Russian authorities are cracking down on the number of foreign musicians granted entry into the country after stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga used their recent shows there to hit out at the nation's new anti-gay legislation. The law, which was implemented in June, bans the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations." It has sparked an international backlash from human rights campaigners, and even prompted superstar Cher to turn down the opportunity to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Meanwhile, superfan and gay rights activist John Becker has launched a petition on Change.org, and called on Gomez to voice her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Russia, and use her pop power to pile pressure on the government to reverse the controversial legislation.

He tells WENN, "By speaking out, Selena can let LGBT folks in Russia know that we stand with them, and that they are not alone. ... This cancellation of Selena Gomez's visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defense ... the pressure from people all around the world, and the backlash against these laws, is strong. They're afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights."

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Sep 21, 2013 11:19AM
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WHY IS THIS STUPID STORY, still up basically the only place to talk about, well FU. americans are being slaughter right here, MSN IS NOT SUPPLYING A WALL for the REPEATED SLAYING IN CHICAGO, FKN DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE KILLING, ALL THESE PEOPLE BEING SHOT,AND CHGO P.D. IS OUT OF THE KITCHEN, LORD FORBID ALL THE JAY WALKER BEING POUNCE ON BY THE POLICE, GET YOU B*TCH AZZ OUT THERE AND DO YOUR PAY.  ALL LONG AS ITS N*GG*RS NOBODY GIVES A FK, BUT LET SOME WHITE PEOPLE GET SPIT ON, AND THE POLICE COME RUNNING W/ THEIR DONUTS.
Sep 21, 2013 12:05AM
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to zales 27............. if you really feel that way then help vote the biitchs that have run our country into a new kind of hell ....... until then yes i do support Mr Valdimir Putin in all and any way that he pokes our fearless leaders in the eyes ..............why ?? many of you may ask??? well simply because we the sheep of this sewage dump called usa will Not stand up against the war machine that has bankrupt this dump of a country! hey any of you out of work?? good for you! Ross Perot said you would hear a gigantic succking sound of our jobs going over seas with this free trade crap! hey anyone wanna buy any more crap made in china.................... well ok then all you gotta do is insist that obummer is allowed to run a third term ...... Or at the very least allow the royal bittch to be the first rag of these great us LOL clinton for those of you that have No idea of whats happening
Sep 20, 2013 7:02PM
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For once I will say good for Russia

 

Sep 20, 2013 6:13PM
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this is for everyone who says " why do we have to treat f*gg*ts w/ respect" because the (whole bunch) of you tormentor have fag experience (whats in the dark doesnt always come to light), hypotcrits in the form of retarded spineless worms, that only harass a fag because you go, where you are not known (past experience) and do/ done it, and eventually stopped or havent, you hide good and in the majority of cases, a lifetime w/ur fingerpointing& sh*t eating grin on your face (looking like you need a good stabbing). your not good., you got alot of people fooled. but not me. i know society, your looking in a mirror. im sorry i just hate hypocrisy. of any type. and the same goes for you f*gg*ts stop putting down lesbians, and dikes stop acting like f*gs are nasty, when you do the same act, did i leave anybody out?

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