Madonna, Imagine Dragons & Colbie Caillat Fight for Freedom at Amnesty International Concert

By Shannon Carlin

Halfway through last night’s (Feb. 5) Amnesty International Benefit Concert in Brooklyn, Madonna walked out, leaning on her cane, to introduce Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot.

The recently released Russian prisoners—who were imprisoned for 21 months on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” in 2012 after performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral—were the reason many people came out to New York’s outer borough to support Amnesty’s cause. And according to Madonna, the sole reason “pussy” is no longer a dirty word in her house. Though, it’s hard to believe any word for the female anatomy would be a no-no in the Material Girl’s home.

Madonna took the stage to talk about her time in Russia, saying it was no coincidence that she was performing in St. Petersburg in 2012 at the same time when Pussy Riot’s trial was taking place. As soon as she arrived int he country, she received death threats due to her “gay show” and promoting homosexuality on stage. “Which I have been known to do,” Madonna said in regards to the claims.

But the show must go on, and Madonna didn’t change one bit of hers to please the Russian government. She was later sued for a million dollars and says, 87 people in the crowd that night were arrested for “gay behavior.”

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