Cher has always been an outspoken ally to the gay community, so when “The Voice” advisor received an invitation to perform at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, she rejected the offer due to Russia’s recent anti-gay laws.
“I can’t name names, but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show,” Cher says in an interview with Canadian magazine MacLean’s. “I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”
In July, Russia passed a controversial law that bans the public discussion or display of gay rights in front of minors, and many activists are protesting Russia hosting the Winter Olympics.
As for coverage of the Winter Games, NBC has yet to give a real answer on what they plan to do. “Sochi, like every site, comes with political and social issues, some of which has been in the news recently,” NBC chairman Mark Lazarus told reporters at the Summer Press Tour. “We will address those issues as they are relevant at the time of the games, as it has always been done by NBC’s coverage.”