Who Has Given Russia The Coldest Shoulder, So Far?

While there is no one way to register unhappiness with Russia's laws and antigay violence, some are much colder than others.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 03 2014 1:00 PM ET

Elton John went on with a mini-tour in Russia, specifically to violate the propaganda law. He told The Guardian that he considered a boycott and opted for something more confrontational: "There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the antigay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them."

 

Things are already pretty dicey between the U.S. and Russia, but President Obama and Vice President Biden also will not head to Sochi. While they won't say it's because of the antigay law, they're sending a delegation that includes gay former Olympians, Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano, and Caitlin Cahow. Then Obama used his State of the Union to make a veiled slam at Russia's antigay policies.

 

Lady Gaga voiced her disappointment at the United States’ decision to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, instead of boycotting the games. Earlier in the year, she traveled to Russia herself and held a concert in which she spoke out against the country's policies. It led to Russia challenging her visa to ever return.

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