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Cher: Rejecting Winter Olympics invite was hard


Pop superstar Cher found it difficult to turn down the chance to perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because she has never been asked to appear as an ambassador for the U.S.

The singer and gay icon recently revealed she had been asked by a friend to appear at the sporting event, but she declined the opportunity because she was not comfortable performing in a country where "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" is banned. She told E! News, "It was hard. I have so many Russian friends. I have lots of Russian fans, and I have so many people there that I love ... So that was difficult.

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"I wanted to, you know, no one's ever gonna ask me to come and either be the American ambassador or sing in the middle [of the Olympics] or do something in the opening, so it was hard. But also, you guys are my heart, you know, I can't do it," she said.

Cher isn't the only celebrity to speak out against the legislation -- Lady Gaga and Madonna used their shows in Russia last year to condemn the ban and voice their support for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Meanwhile, pop singer/actress Selena Gomez was forced to cancel two concerts in Russia next week after she was denied a visa. The permit rejection was reportedly the result of a crackdown on the number of foreign musicians granted entry into the country after Gaga and Madonna's concert stunts.

Sep 22, 2013 4:33AM
Cher... American Ambassador???  ROFLMAO.  That's pathetic. 
Sep 20, 2013 1:47PM
The history books are full of entertainers who sell their souls to the devil for fame and fortune!
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