Madonna Remembers the Time She Was Fined $1 Million by Russia for Supporting the Gay Community

The Queen of Pop said she never paid the fine

July 21, 2020

Back in 2012, Madonna was performing in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of her lengthy MDNA tour.

During the show, Madonna gave an emotional speech in support of LGBTQ+ rights. During the speech, she compared the fight for LGBTQ+ rights to that of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.

At the time, it was reported that she was fined $17,000. The singer took to social media yesterday to reveal the Russian government issued a much larger fine.

“I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg 8 years ago. I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community. I never paid.................... #freedomofspeech #powertothepeople #mdna,” she tweeted.

Madonna also shared the entire video clip of her speech. “We want to fight for the right to be free, to be who we are,” she said.

“I’m here to say that the gay community, and gay people, here and all around the world, have the same rights… The same rights to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love,” Madonna added.

In 2019, Madonna was honored for her decades of LGBTQ+ activism at the GLAAD Awards and was given the Advocate of Change award.

"When I made the film 'Truth or Dare,' I had no idea I was going to inspire gay men to... have the courage to come out and be free and take a stand and say, 'This is who I am. Like it or not," she said while referencing her 1991 documentary.

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