Pop superstar Lady Gaga, who is openly bisexual, said countries should boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia because of that country’s anti-gay laws.
“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” she said on the British TV show “Chatty Man,” via The Independent.
“I mean, I would never take anything away from (the athlete’s) hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays. They pepper spray and beat them in Russia.”
The entertainer has been promoting her new ARTPOP album and 2014 “ARTPOP Ball” tour. Tickets are available now. One of her hit singles on that album, “Applause,” is No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and has more than 115 million views on YouTube.
Lady Gaga praised 19-year-old British Olympic diver Tom Daley for his decision to publicly announce that he’s gay.
She added that Daley shouldn’t compete in any country that has strict anti-gay laws.
Last June, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a national law that banned the “propaganda of homosexuality” to minors. Critics say the law can be used to ban any gay rights event.
Lady Gaga performed in Russia last year. She was asked if she’d ever return.
“I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”