Ariana Grande has allegedly been “banned” from Russia and won’t be performing in the country on her upcoming tour due to her outspoken support of gay rights and the LGBT community.
Ariana fan account @DwTourDate made the claim on Twitter, alleging that Grande would not be performing in Russia on her upcoming “Dangerous Woman Tour” due to the supposed ban.
“Ariana is banned from Russia for supporting gay rights,” the Grande update account wrote on social media. “So she won’t be traveling there for the ‘[Dangerous Woman] tour.'”
The ban has not been officially confirmed by Ariana, and she is yet to reveal the tour dates for her “Dangerous Woman Tour,” though that didn’t stop Grande’s fans from reacting to the claims with angry tweets on the 140-character site.
“I can’t believe Ariana was banned from Russia just because she supports gay rights omg it’s 2016 that’s so immature,” @arianadarktimes tweeted out, while Ariana fan @letsmeloveyou wrote on the social media site, “The fact that Ariana got banned from Russia just because she supports gay rights really shows how f***** up some countries are it’s sad.”
“Ariana is banished from Russia just because she supports gay rights lol Most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read,” @jadesmiracle added, and Grande fan @effingrande tweeted out, “Ariana was banned in Russia for supporting gay rights and I can’t even begin to express how disgusted I am.”
It is yet to be confirmed if Ariana has in fact been “banned” from Russia, though Grande has notably been very outspoken in her support for the LGBT community in the past.
Ariana Grande candidly spoke out about her support of the LGBT community in a 2015 interview with V Magazine, where she admitted that she thinks homophobes are “dumb as f***” as she voiced her support for gay rights.
“It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality,” Grande told the magazine last year, recalling how she and her family supported her brother, Frankie Grande, when he came out as gay.
“I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much. Most of my favorite people in my life are gay. It’s something I’m super passionate about, because whenever I would see my friends get bullied, or my brother get hurt for his sexuality, I would become a raging lunatic,” said Ariana.
“When you see someone you love hurting, for such a superficial, bulls*** reason, it’s like, how small and spiritually unenlightened and dumb as f*** can a person be?” Grande continued. “How much further can your head get up your a** that you’re actually judging someone as a person based on their sexuality before you even have a conversation with them?”
Grande also spoke candidly about her support of LGBT rights earlier this year in an interview with Britain’s gay lifestyle magazine, Attitude, where she called her brother Frankie her “ultimate gay icon.”
“I think it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Ariana admitted when discussing her unwavering support for gay rights and the LGBT community. “My brother means the world to me and should be able to have everything that I have.”
Ariana and her team are yet to officially confirm or deny if she will be travelling to Russia on her upcoming “Dangerous Woman Tour,” though the official dates for her upcoming string of shows, which will likely see Grande travel around the world in 2017, are expected to be released at the end of August.
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