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Huge Russian Lawsuit Against Madonna For Homosexual Propaganda Tossed

Madonna performs in St. Petersburg on August 9. At one point, she undressed to reveal "No Fear" written on her bare back, a reference to perceived homophobia that's spawned Russian legislation banning the propagation of LGBT lifestyles.
Madonna performs in St. Petersburg on August 9. At one point, she undressed to reveal "No Fear" written on her bare back, a reference to perceived homophobia that's spawned Russian legislation banning the propagation of LGBT lifestyles.
The Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) live blogged the frighteningly hilarious proceedings in St. Petersburg, where a court on November 22 was trying global pop music icon Madonna in absentia for alleged homosexual propaganda.

The $10 million lawsuit was eventually thrown out by the judge, who had pledged to wrap up the trial by the end of the day.

At one point, according to RAPSI, the judge lost his temper while viewing shaky video footage from the August concert that is at the heart of the case and trying to spot minors whose sexual orientations might have been adversely affected.

RAPSI's coverage included gems like: "17:07 The aggrieved parties are now showing a news article on the show and a photo depicting a topless white cartoon man making out with a topless black cartoon man."

Other highlights included a defense attorney questioning the legitimacy of the collaborative site Wikipedia as a source of evidence, an examination of statistics on how many divorces break up due to "homosexualism," and an assertion that same-sex marriage has pretty much ruined Europe.

Earlier in the day, there was this bombshell: "15:53 Irina Gizatulina, another aggrieved party representative, is now testifying. She says that it's very important for the government to protect society from gay propaganda. Her underaged brother accidentally watched Madonna's show in some social networks."

RAPSI is a bona fide news source. So while this stuff seems made up, it ain't.

Here's the link. Thanks to @RusPoliceWatch for bringing it to our attention.

And here's a photo from inside the proceedings, where, sadly, Madonna was not present.

The plaintiffs (rear) and the respondents (front) in a suit against Madonna sit at a table in a courtroom in St. Petersburg on November 22.
The plaintiffs (rear) and the respondents (front) in a suit against Madonna sit at a table in a courtroom in St. Petersburg on November 22.


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by: curtis from: toronto
November 22, 2012 13:46
What.a.bunch.of losers.in.Russia.

by: Rip from: Zurich
November 22, 2012 13:59
Hah hah hah hah hah hah!
Russia is a joke.
Reminds me of Hartleypool and a monkey.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
November 23, 2012 01:13
As we know the court dismissed a lawsuit against Madona.
Why?
Because Putin has given such an order.
The adoption of any negative decision in Russia against celebrities such as Madonna can lead to certain consequences in the West and the U.S.
This all may affect the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup in Russia,sporting events which Putin bought with the money from the sale of Russian oil and which are very important for him.
He is afraid of a boycott by the Western World, which can ruin the image of the Olympic Games and the World Football Championship in Russia.
Russian court can not, in such cases make a decision.

by: ed from: slackonenia
November 23, 2012 08:04
The only thing Madona deserves to be sued for is inserting her utterly banal lyrics into the neuropathways of millions of innocent people.
In Response

by: oscar from: at my desk
November 28, 2012 09:20
Papa, don't preach.

by: Alexander Bortnikov from: Dzerzhinsky square
November 23, 2012 08:16
Eugenio,Jack,these people are making fun of Mother Russia,and you are keeping silent,shame on you!!! What are we paying you these good money for and all the perks you enjoy-free vodka,selyodka and Natashkas 24 hours a day!!! You are both dismissed and shall be reeducated accordingly in Sunny Siberia!!!
In Response

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 28, 2012 12:37
:-))) You are right here, Camel: one could react, of course, but then, you know, the RFE/RL is lately making this impression of simply running out of "negative" topics on Russia: Medwedew made a video on road-traffic, Madonna (thanks God Michael Jackson never went to Russia :-)))) said something, the belugas in the Black Sea are about to ask for a political asylum in Florida... I mean, todo esto no tiene chiste! Where is the REAL stuff, Camel, maybe you could suggest an interesting "negative" topic on Russia for the guys to cover :-))?

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