In case you’re not familiar with these horrifying laws, they basically say that anyone who leads minors to believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer humans are equal to homosexual humans, that person is eligible for punishment. So even though Selena isn’t gay herself — as if that in itself would be an acceptable reason to keep her out of the country — she’s still in violation of these laws because she makes queer youth feel good, or at least not bad about themselves. What a disgusting criminal.
In the words of The Moscow Times:
“U.S. pop star Selena Gomez has been forced to cancel two concerts in Russia after indirectly falling victim to Russia’s anti-gay law.”
But for a country so dedicated to bigotry, Russia has done a surprisingly slim amount of homework on the types of stars it allows in and out of the country. Although Selena has been banned, presumably because she attended the Gay Pride parade earlier this year, artists like Cher and…ahem…Sir Elton John are still allowed to come and go as they please.
Which they should absolutely be allowed to do, because it’s completely insane to put restrictions on people based on their sexual orientation or their empowering messages to those who might be struggling with their own sexual orientation, but who is making these decisions at the border? And have they seen Justin Bieber? He’s pretty offensive and ignorant himself, so he should be able to vouch for Selena getting into the country at least a little bit, right?
But meanwhile — Vladimir Putin, you sweet sweet ignorant treasure, why don’t you come over here and sit down with me for a second, because you and I need to have a little conversation about sequins, girl. Ahem. When a gown and a disco ball love each other very much…
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