Selena Gomez is the latest U.S. performer to be denied access into Russia. Joining the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna, Gomez is the newest singer to be banned from entering the country. On Gomez’s tour itinerary, she was set to perform next week in Moscow and St. Peteresburg, but those locations have now been removed.
Gomez is thought to have been denied a visa due to her support of gay rights. Recently, Russia passed a law banning gay propaganda and have actively been denying people entrance into the country if they are expected to speak out in support of gay rights. The Moscow Times confirmed this saying, “Gomez failed to secure a Russian visa after the government tightened the visa regime for foreign musicians in response to Madonna’s and Lady Gaga’s decisions to openly support gays during their shows in Russia last year.” The article also went on to say that Russian conservatives have attempted to file a lawsuit against “those U.S. singers” that promote “nontraditional sexual relationships.”
On Sept. 17, three days before Gomez’s visa request was denied, gay rights activist and author John Becker began a petition on Change.org that asked Gomez “to stand on stage and speak out for Russia’s LGBT community.” Now that Gomez has been denied access into Russia, the petition has reached almost 13 thousand signatures.