Blondie Said It Was Their "Moral Duty" To Turn Down Performing At Winter Olympics
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.19.2014
Due to Russia's anti-gay laws...
Writing for NME, Blondie said it was their "moral duty" to turn down an offer to perform after a medal ceremony during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. They tweeted a photo of the offer earlier this month. They would have performed in front of 25,000 people at the Red Rocks festival on the Sochi Medals Plaza in a 45 minute set.
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein wrote: "We wanted to go but it didn't feel proper, especially in light of the crazy new legislation banning 'homosexual propaganda' and the climate of anti-gay abuse. Blondie has a long relationship with the gay community. These are our friends and neighbors, so to take a stand and represent them feels natural to us."