Russian politican blasts Madonna on Twitter
A Russian politican labeled Madonna a "slut" on Twitter after the pop diva expressed support for jailed punk band Pussy Riot during a concert in Moscow, NME reports.
"With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality. Especially during overseas tours," tweeted Dmitry Rogozin, the vice-premiere of defence and Russia's former ambassador to NATO. (The 's' stands for the first letter of the Russian word for 'slut' or 'whore.')
In an exchange with another user, he added: "Either take off the cross or put on pants."
Earlier this week, Madonna told the crowd at her Moscow concert that the feminist punk collective has a right to free speech.
Band members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevic were arrested in March and charged with "hooliganism motivated by religiuos hatred" after performing a "punk prayer" critical of president Vladimir Putin in the city's largest cathedral.
"I know that everyone in this auditorium, if you are here as my fan, feels they have the right to be free," she said. "I think they have paid the price for this act and I pray for their freedom.
She then stripped to her bra to reveal the words "Pussy Riot" written on her back. During a performance of "Like A Virgin" she wore a balaclava similar to those worn by the band.
Lawyers presented closing arguments in the Pussy Riot case this week and a verdict is expected to be handed down on August 17. Prosecutors charge that the band was making an anti-religious statement but their supporters counter that the performance was political and that the case is little more than a show trial meant to send a warning to anyone that opposes the government.
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