Ellie Goulding refuses to perform at Sochi over gay rights

British singer says it's a 'no' after Olympics organizers came to her after Cher rejected performing at the opening ceremony

Ellie Goulding refuses to perform at Sochi over gay rights
28 January 2014

British pop star Ellie Goulding is refusing to step foot in Russia because of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

The singer rejected an opportunity to perform at the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics next week.

‘It’s probably a "no" for Russia,’ Goulding told The Hollywood Reporter.

She said she would be supporting Cher, who also turned down a request to perform at the Games.

When Cher turned it down last September, she said: ‘I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there’

Sir Elton John, described by Russian president Vladimir Putin as an ‘extraordinary person…regardless of his orientation, rejected any notion the two were ‘friends’.

He performed in Moscow, despite calls to boycott, and said during his visit he had met gay and lesbian people who had received vicious threats from vigilante groups.

Gay British broadcaster Stephen Fry also called for a boycott, comparing Russia’s laws to the beginnings of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.  

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