Can the world’s largest country stand up to an onslaught of Gaga’s almost 40 million followers?
The first of Lady Gaga’s tweets merely brought up the issue of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Russian government:
“Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?”
Gaga then directed her anger directly at the Russian government, focusing on its abuses with regard to homosexual citizens of the country.
“The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom.”
Finally, Lady Gaga brought up the fact that she is hardly the government’s favorite celebrity these days.
“Why didn’t you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn’t want answer to the world?”
Some lawmakers in the country have, in fact, called for Lady Gaga’s arrest and/or seizure of profits recently. That step, however, is unlikely to happen.
Much attention has been paid recently to the treatment of gay and lesbian citizens, especially now that the world is gearing up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in that country. Will protests from people as prominent as Lady Gaga have an impact?