WASHINGTON, February 7, 2014—The Sochi winter Olympics will open on Friday with the opening ceremonies to show off Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the most expensive games in history.
In a surprising choice the Russian pop group tATu is expected to perform their pseudo-lesbian act, with a song about two schoolgirls in love.
The homosexual personas displayed by the duo are believed to be simply a stage show and not based on true romantic feelings, and tAtu has never done anything to champion gay right.
Commentators say the pop musicians were chosen not as a political statement but because their song “Not Gonna Get Us” is one of the only Russian songs that have become popular worldwide, and because the words of the song could be seen to inspire the athletes saying “you’re not going to get us”.
The musicians are an interesting choice for Friday’s showcase event considering the recently passed Russian law banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations which makes it illegal to verbally consider gay relationships equal to that of heterosexual relationships. It also makes it illegal to speak of or distribute any information on gay rights.
The new law, which was signed by Putin and became effective in June 2013, has come under criticism around the globe with reactions ranging from street protests in Brussels displaying photos of Putin as a devil to President Obama not attending the opening ceremonies but instead sending a delegation of homosexual athletes in his place.
Rumors of tATu’s performance began after fans started sharing photographs of Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina rehearsing in Sochi and Volkova started tweeting pictures of herself with some Olympic athletes.
It was reported by The Guardian that earlier this week, Katina had complained about the Sochi officials on her Twitter account, writing “The organisation is horrible … They’re treating the artists like s**t!!!” The posts regarding the Sochi officials have since been removed from the account.
Throughout their musical careers, tATu have portrayed bisexuality, homosexuality and underage sexuality. Wearing schoolgirl outfits, kissing and showing physical affection for each other.
In 2013, after Volkova became pregnant critics accused the girls of being “fake”. The young women responded to the accusation by explaining that they had never claimed to be in a relationship but that they do support the LGBT community and their rights.
The Sochi winter Olympics’ opening ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST Friday, February 7, 2014 but will be replayed in the United States at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.