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Lady Gaga calls for boycott of Russian Winter Olympics

ARTPOP star joins the likes of George Takei and Stephen Fry in calling for the Sochi Winter Olympics to be moved
Lady Gaga has called for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics.

Lady Gaga has called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics due to be held in Sochi, Russia next year.

She said as someone who cares deeply for human rights, it does not make sense to go to a place where the LGBT community is victim to 'gay propaganda' laws.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: 'I care so much about these issues and I don’t think we should be bringing any commerce to a country which enforces such a lack of equality and a lack of human rights.

'A country where so much abuse of youth is happening, how can we bring so much attention to that part of the world and reward them for that?

'For me it’s shocking, [but] then again everyone thinks Miley Cyrus is shocking and that's the world we live in…'

The comments come following a letter written by the Director General of the International Olympic Committee, categorically ruling out the movement of the Sochi Winter Olympics, deeming it ‘unrealistic and unfeasible for many reasons.’

This behavior is by no means new for Gaga, who has previously spoken out about issues affecting the LGBT community, and has even won an award for her advocacy work.

The 'Applause' singer spoke out as she is in London where she performed at the debut concert of the iTunes Festival.

She sang all new material from her new record ARTPOP, due for release on 11 November.

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