WASHINGTON, August 6 (RIA Novosti) – The American pop star known the world over as Lady Gaga is all but taunting Russian authorities in response to reports they may prosecute her for violating the terms of her visa by giving a performance in Russia last year.
“Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?” said @ladygaga in one tweet… which had been tweeted more than 17,600 times by Tuesday morning.
Gaga, who was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is a supporter of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. She has been vocal in her support of gay Russians.
“Tonight, this is my house Russia,” Gaga told a crowd of screaming fans during her performance there in December. “You can be gay in my house.”
Now Russian authorities – who recently enacted a law that forbids communicating anything about the homosexual lifestyle to a minor – say she did not have a proper visa to perform in Russia, and may be prosecuted.
“The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom,” Gaga wrote in another tweet.
The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 5, 2013
Russian MP Robert Schlegel responded with his own sarcastic message: “This is beautiful,” he posted in Russian.
Later he tweeted, “You’d better ask your government why it finances terrorists and spies on citizens. We’ll decide by ourselves how to live here.”
Vocal superstar Madonna is also under fire for her performance in Russia last year, and Russian authorities have said they may prosecute her as well for a visa violation. Madonna has had no response so far.