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Lady Gaga: ‘We should boycott Russian Olympics’

Lady Gaga appeared on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show on Wednesday night for an interview and an acoustic performance of songs from her new album, ARTPOP.

When asked about a her regarding Olympic swimmer Tom Daley coming out, Gaga used the opportunity to air her views on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all. I don’t know if my opinion is not highly regarded, in terms of the amazing champions and people that are rehearsing and training for the event,” Gaga told Alan.

“I mean I would never take anything away from their hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to give money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays.”

She continued: “Sorry, now I’m getting serious, but it’s not just that they don’t support the gay community, they pepper spray and beat them in Russia. I went to Russia for the Born This Way Ball, and I was really excited to be there, because I felt it was an important place to bring the message of the album. But it made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia.”

Back in June, the Russian parliament unanimously passed a law prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors, which makes it illegal to speak about homosexuality in public, and fueling homophobia. On July 3rd, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the adoption of children by same-sex parents.

Lady Gaga’s interview and performance of “Dope” and “Do What U Want” on Alan Carr airs on December 6th.