pick her to death if you want but she has been a friend for 30 years....
Not the best idea getting these people all worked into a frenzy and then being wisked home to safety while they’re being arrested, imprisoned and fined.
Thanks Madge! MK www.youthallies.com
Re Oh Jed’s comments: I agree that it’s important to be cautious in dangerous places. But we should give these people some credit, right? I mean, they live there: They know better than we do (assuming you don’t live there) what’s safe and what’s not. I think it’s great they got some inspiration here. Would you prefer that Madonna tell them to be careful about the anti-gay laws? Don’t they get enough fear from other sources there? Their government and culture constantly pressures them to shut up. The fact that Madonna urges them to celebrate and be fearless isn’t going to make them stupid, but it gives them some much-needed public support in a hostile environment. - Mike (More thoughts at http://www.youthallies.com/madonna-concert-st-petersburg/ )
[Mike] Your point is well taken and I agree with most of it, but I also remember when I was the Madonna concert age with the young, invincible mentality. I don’t remember how many times I said "it seemed like a good idea at the time". When you’re dealing with a hinky and undoubtedly corrupt government, who purposely uses vagueness in creating laws, its an entirely different ball game... It frightens me to think what a government such as this would stoop to in keeping their pockets lined and control intact. I guess we’ll see how this plays out. It’s sad to see our brothers and sisters being treated like this and much, much worse.
Oh Jed - Your points are well taken too. The government certainly does use vagueness in these laws to its advantage in scary ways. I agree that it’s sad (and scary and frustrating) to see how poorly people can be treated for no good reason at all. Mike www.youthallies.com
What did you expect in a country run by an ex-KGB executive... Russia joins Iran, Saudi Arabia and others in intolerance, hatred and "religious-bigotry" When churches and religions are no longer allowed to make civil laws, the GLBT community will be closer to safety and equal rights!!!