Thursday, August 27, 2009

Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Roma rights

Performing before an audience of 60,000 Romanian fans this week, Madonna spoke out in favor of equal rights for all people, making a point of naming Roma and gays as suffering from discrimination that must stop. The crowd made a point of booing her opposition to bigotry.

There are between 500,000 and 2,000,000 Roma in Romania, where they have suffered from severe oppression for hundreds of years.

Madonna's statement, which was relatively mild and noncontroversial, received widespread jeers and boos. She said:

"It has been brought to my attention ... that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe. It made me feel very sad. We don't believe in discrimination ... we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone."

read it here: Kansas City Star: Madonna booed in Bucharest for defending Gypsies

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