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Cher joins the list of celebs boycotting Russia

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  • Center Left
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    Cher came out to say that she will have nothing to do with Russia and the upcoming Olympics hosted by them. Now, it should be said that Russia has not asked her to perform or anything yet. But, she nevertheless wanted to throw her name on the list of celebs that are essentially boycotting Russia over their anti-gay right laws and general overall negative attitudes toward the entire LGBT community. Good for her. Hopefully all U.S. celebs follow suit.
  • Other Party
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    Good for Cher.

    So, she declares that she refuses to perform where there was no chance she was going to perform anyway? How very Hollywood of her. Maybe her intent is to get her name on Entertainment Tonight because she is so irrelevant, that I didn't know she was still performing at all.

    Maybe next week she'll declare her refusal to perform in Syria. How desperate can she be to get her name in the news?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It appears her new found political stance coincides with the release of her new Album.
  • Other Party
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    What a coincidence!

    Or maybe not.
  • Democrat
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    Cher is no public Saint, knowledge Queen, or God's gift to entertainment. She is however, a certified entertainer with many in the public approve and, who has many paid employees guiding her career and advising her what to do, and what to say. She's nothing but a celebrity hell bent on making the public pay more for her success.

    Bottom-line..............it's all about the money.

    She has a rich staff informing her how to act and behave in society so that all in her little empire make a tremendous amount of "money". There's new record deals and TV shows for her because she goes on public record condemning Russia.

    From a world's view of other people watching what America says and do, we act pretty stupid in handling propaganda by those that can stand before a camera and state their own views for us to hear. There's a method in the proper use of propaganda and because it works even our government uses it against us to stir us into a war for their secret agendas. Now, where were those WMD's? Just where were those terrorists that initiated the dreadful 9-11 in Iraq found?

    All these celebrities that stand for some humane motive for change in the world, look to see what they actually commit too. Some are pretty good at commitment. They perform mission work in some of the worst parts of the world and that is true sacrifice. However, if there was ever a count of who just says crap about somebody and no commitment, I bet Cher is on that list. Where is she standing up to Putin and speaking her mind? She's thousands of miles away. It's like visiting the zoo and teasing the gorilla in the cage.

    Yes, some of us in America see right through Cher...........it's all about the money.
  • Center Left
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    So, you think Cher has zero opinions about gay rights?? Of course money is a huge influence in everything she does. But, I believe you are wrong about the fact that this is 100% propaganda. Yes, I believe someone suggested she make this move. But, that doesn't mean she doesn't agree.

    Cher has never been a hypocrite on the gay rights issue. far, far from it. ....... Look at me, defending a pop-star Diva when I don't even particularly like pop music. :) She does have a nice voice though. I think this was a mutually beneficial move for her: good for her career AND a chance to publicly speak out against a sentiment she doesn't agree with; Russia being against gay rights.
  • Democrat
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    When Cher's daughter Chastity first came out gay, she was totally in denial about it, and even more so when the sex re-assignment issue came up. She might have been a non critic about gays rights issue's except when it came to her daughter. She wrote a book/or maybe just the talk show circuit and opened up about the experience and how she came to grips with her daughter's identity issues.
  • Other Party
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    sbfriedman yes Cher has opinions about gay rights. No one doubts that. She had a daughter that turned into Chaz, so she has a personal experience with this issue. How could she NOT have opinions?

    No, this is not 100% propoganda, but the timing of her announcement is no accident. It is carefully calculated to get her name in the news. She was also on the Today show this morning, so she is in full blown promotion mode right now. And if she has a new album, as johnnycee says, there's nothing wrong with promoting it because all the Hollywood types do it. I would think she'll probably be on some of the talk shows in the nnear future. She's a capitalist and she's making money, so good for her.

    But if you or anyone else thinks that her anti Russia announcement at the same time the new album is out was just a coincidence, then I believe YOU are the one who is wrong.

    It just seems that she is trying a bit too hard to get her name out there by announcing that she refuses to do what she was never going to do anyway. There are many ways to denounce Russia's anti gay policies with out saying she refuses to perform there.

    On that note: I'd like to take this opportunity to state that I will not run for President of the United States, and there's about as much chance of me being asked to run for president as Cher being asked to sing in Russia.
  • Independent
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    You people are kidding right? America is having a hissy over Russia's feelings about gays, to the point we are going to boycott them, tell me this is a joke please. What next, we boycott Eastern oil, you think the Russians don't like gays, ask someone from the East what they think of them. America has ZERO right to tell any culture what to think about gays, after all, it wasn't long ago when we would not except gays either, now that we do, we expect the world to, pull-lease. Talk about a country so uninformed from reality, we got nothing more important to do than to tell Russia they have to take it up the ass and like it, who the hell do we think we are? I can tell you this for a fact, what we think we are, the rest of the world knows better, get out of your oil clouds people.
  • Other Party
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    Cher is not kidding. She's serious as she can be about getting her name into the news as part of promoting her new album. And, make no mistake, that's what this is about: album promotion.

    united you know that for the past several decades America has ALWAYS told other countries what to do, what to think, how to act.

    So why do you think we wouldn't tell Russia how to act toward gays? After all a couple of weeks ago Russia told the USA that we ..."have to take it up the ass and like it"... on the Syria Red Line issue, so the USA is not alone in telling other countries how to act.

    Sometimes it goes both ways...
  • Democrat
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    Unitedmajority has it correct. The world looks at America cautiously with a lot of criticism of being a bunch of hypocrites when it comes to advising the world how to act humanely. I just got back from traveling three weeks in Europe and I am not surprised on how we look in the world. Russia included with other countries, we stand alone arrogant in our beliefs. These countries are evolving at their own pace and we do not need to intervene because we have our own issues that must be solved. America is not a finite and good example of a way of social life, because many countries like Sweden, Finland, Germany, England have social change that far exceeds America. Health care is just one example where many countries are superior to America. Look at the current rankings on health care and you find America is ranked low in double digits. Many countries are living in their status of their freedoms and enjoying life to the fullest. I did see a harsh and colder life in Russia as compared to America, but I did see a young revolution that is evolving that enjoys accepting western styles, views and ideas. One young lady explained to me how see did not understand how her granny complains why Russians need 35 brands of soap and that "one" brand has always been adequate. Well, that one brand see likes is like a bar of Lava soap. So, there is a cultural change going on. It's just that Russia does lag behind most countries and will get there if America doesn't do something stupid like history is written about us.

    Cher's call on Russia is her pushing her own agenda and is based on increasing her popularity and money. Russia is evolving and if you think America has already accepted the gay community you are very short-sided. America and Russia is not too far apart. The world is evolving toward acceptance of the gay population and it will not happen over night, day, week, month or within a year. This is a long process. Hell, America hasn't even as of yet accepted the black community. There is so much racial inequality existing that this social evolution is long overdue.

    Yes, I believe that Unitedmajority has it correctly stated and I add that "We" in America have a long way to go before we can stand as an example to the world as a free society accepting all people in the world. The world is changing and the Cher's of the world don't need to capitalize on these evolving countries social issues, but stand up to our own problems. America has many problems, let's solve these first before we tell other countries how to act.
  • Other Party
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    Amc you are pretty much right on with everything you say and sure united is right that America has no business telling other countries how to run their affairs. But we all know that America does exactly that, and doesn't seem inclined to stop now.

    "Do things our way and we will give you money, or don't and we will drop bombs on you." That's American foreign policy in a nutshell, and has been since WWII.

    And the so-called Hollywood elite are as bad or worse than our government. They think that since they are rich and famous that their opinion counts more than everyone else. Why? Because they are rich and famous, that's why. People pay attention to what they say and do, and how dare anyone question their opinion. Some of them haven't even graduated high school, much less college or had any formal training in the subject matter that they are so quick to give opinions on.

    Some actually put their actions behind their words, Sean Penn comes to mind, and he's not the only one. But for lots of them they won't lift a finger or donate a dollar to help but they'll sure be quick to tell the rest of us what to think.

    I have nothing personal against Cher, but let's understand WHY she said what she said and WHEN she said it.
  • Center Left
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    Olympic boycott is ridiculous. And, Amc, you missed the mark by a bit. America is not boycotting the Olympics, so it isn't hypocritical at all. Americans, like Cher are boycotting the Olympics not America itself.

    But even an Olympic boycott goes against everything the Olympics stand for. The Olympics are a time when everyone is suppose to lay down their arms, set aside their differences and come in for a friendly competition. Cultures are suppose to cross and different societies can hopefully put a human face on cultures that are foreign to them.

    It's a time when countries can come together and perhaps show another country that the LGBT community is made up of regular people or they can show that many Americans are not as bigoted as the laws that govern the country.

    I have no doubt that Cher's support for the LGBT community is sincere, but this seems more like a publicity stunt to get her name out and about again. Had she been asked to preform and then refused, then it would be a different story. But the way she did it seemed more of a "Hey look at me, I want to be relevant again." thing.

    In other news, I will not be speaking or preforming at any President's or any other politician's function to boycott the NSA spying program. I haven't been asked or anything, I just won't be doing it.
  • Other Party
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    America and Russia(USSR) have both boycotted Olympics in fairly recent years. And what was accomplished? Big medal hauls by the other country, and that's it. Go and compete and beat them on the field of play and that will do more to get your message accross.

    In a somewhat similiar vein, the 1936 Oylmpics were hosted by Adolf Hitler and Berlin and were going to show the superiority of the "master race" to the world. America showed up and Jesse Owens won four gold medals and showed the world a completely different reality.

    Jesse Owens, an African American, changed world and sports history and is still considered one of the top track and field athletes ever.

    Maybe Cher could give a concert for our athletes before they depart for Russia.
  • Democrat
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    Russia, England, Denmark, Finland, Norway and other countries in Europe and in the world will move on while America stagnates with a Republican led Congress listening to Ted Cruz tell his version of a Nazi led America and Obama. We're fools with our current political urinal system, but it's the best we have at the moment and one day we will make it better. Celebrities can dish out their moments of cancer mouth. A hearty thanks to many who do choose the best for humanity. Those that take up shovels, brooms and hold the sick babies show we have a few that makes it count toward a humanity. Some of us are doing good, it's just those that seem to make it all stink with their own personal agendas destroying the purity of sacrifice and personal aid to the least in our society. There should not be any distinct difference between anybody, because we are all one people.

    The people in other countries do display often that America does not have all the answers.