Cher Refuses To Sing At 2014 Winter Olympics Due To Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Cher has revealed that she turned down a chance to sing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to the country's recent anti-gay law.

The singer opened up about her feelings toward the anti-gay propaganda law in Russia, noting: "I can't name names, but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there and asked me if I'd like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show."

She added: "I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don't feel the way the government does."

Cher has long been a vocal LGBTQ ally. Her recent comments appear in the Canadian magazine MacLean's.

Other celebrities to have turned down appearances in Russia after the passing of the new laws include George Takei and Stephen Fry (who have derided the nation for hosting the Olympics), Wentworth Miller (who recently came out as a gay man after posting an open letter rejecting an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival ), and Bravo's Andy Cohen (who refused to host the Miss Universe pageant in Russia).

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