Madonna has once again proven that she's unstoppable. Amid violence threats to her concert in Russia, Madge presented another provocative act while taking the stage at SKK Peterburgsky in St. Petersburg on Thursday night, August 9. She delivered a fiery speech about supporting gay rights.
"The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love," she told the crowds. She also made reference to Martin Luther King Jr. who fought for the African-American rights.
"If you're with me, I want to see your pink arm bands!" she asked the concertgoers, referring to wrist bands given to them to support the LGBT community. "I said, are you mother f***ing with me?"
The Queen of Pop also dissed those who use religion to justify intolerance as stating, "It's in every holy book: love thy neighbor as thyself." She continued, "You cannot use religion to treat other people badly. Let's all go out into the world and spread this message of love, and live our lives without fear."
Prior to the St. Petersburg gig, Madonna sparked frenzy during her performance in Moscow last Tuesday, August 7. At that time, she demanded Russian government to free the members of feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, who were jailed for singing a protest against Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox Church.
The Tuesday concert apparently angered Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, who later took to his Twitter to diss the pop sensation. "With age, every fore s. tries to lecture everyone on morality," he wrote. "Especially during overseas tours." According to the Moscow Times, "s." is an "abbreviated form of the Russian swearword for w****".
After throwing concerts in Russia, Madonna will continue her MDNA Tour in several European countries, including Finland, Norway, Switzerland and France. In late August, she's scheduled to kick off the North American leg of her tour before continuing to South American in late November.