Cher has been a vocal gay ally for most of her decades-long career, and her latest public stance is no exception. In an interview with Canada’s MacLean’s magazine, Cher revealed that she was asked to come to Russia during next year’s Winter Olympics but declined due to the country’s recent anti-gay law.
“I can’t name names, but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show,” she said. “I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”
In July, Russia passed a controversial law that bans the public discussion or display of gay rights in front of minors. With Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, many gay-rights advocates have spoken out against the law.
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