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.
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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