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Blondie’s Debbie Harry reveals they refused to play Sochi over human rights

Debbie Harry has revealed that Blondie were approached to perform at the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record
Debbie Harry
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Blondie singer Debbie Harry has revealed that her band was approached to play during the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record.

Harry took to Twitter to post a photo of the offer by the Red Rocks Festival which is being held in Sochi as part of the Cultural Olympiad which surrounds the games.

On it she had written, ‘Pass – human rights.’

Blondie had been asked to travel to the games to perform in front of a crowd of 25,000 people during a 45 minute set on 13 February with a 9pm start.

The offer sent to Harry contained a number for the fee that the band were to be paid for their performance but Harry’s handwriting has obscured the number.

Harry’s post was popular on Twitter, with nearly a thousand people retweeting it and nearly 600 favoriting it.

Russia’s human rights record has been in the international spotlight after it banned so-called homosexual propaganda to minors and over 20 people have already been arrested for publicly protesting the ban and Russia’s treatment of LGBTIs during the games.

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