Selena Gomez Reportedly Denied Russian Visa

The singer had to cancel two shows "due to complications with visa applications and timing."
2:31 | 09/20/13

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selena gomez, caught up in an international controversy. She's been forced to cancel concerts in russia. Is s is she having problems because policies. Selena gomez, caught up in an international firestorm. Scheduled to perform in st. Petersburg and moscow next week. Both performances have been canceled. Quote, due to complications with visa applications and timing. But now, some are speculating that gomez is the latest victim of russia's controversial crackdown on performers who publicly favor gay rights. Western pop stars have used the stage as a platform to speak out about the anti-gay actions going on in russia. They felt that maybe salena could do that herself. Reporter: Increased violence against gays and the passage of a law that makes it illegal to speak about homosexuality in front of children, has prompted performers like lady gaga, to denounce the country's anti-gay policies. On mother russia's home turf. This is lady gaga performing in ma moscow. Tonight, this is my house, russia. You can be gay in my house. Reporter: Madonna did the same in st. Petersburg. And gay people here and all the rest of the world, have the same rights. Reporter: The russian agency in charge of issuing the visa says the timing of the request is ultimately to blame. Not gomez's stance on gay rights. However, on wednesday, a change.Org petition asked gomez to stand in solidarity with russia's gay community. A request many think may have caused the visa complications. Well, elton john says he wants to play in russia in december, to lend his support to the gay community. But there's no word yet on whether or not he's actually received a visa. Meanwhile, cher is reportedly turned down the offer of playing at the opening ceremonies of the winter olympics in russia, citing the country's anti-gay laws. The list of celebrities keeps on growing. Robin and george? People stepping up. Stepping up. That's it. Sam, a scene for the east

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