Lady Gaga Says Athletes Should Boycott Sochi Winter Olympics

“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all.” The singer urged Tom Daley, and other out athletes, to forgo competing in a nation with anti-lgbt laws.

1. Singer Lady Gaga congratulated diver Tom Daley on his decision to come out earlier this week, but also urged him not to compete in the 2014 Sochi Games.

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2. In an interview the singer stated:

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4. Friendly reminder: Sochi is hosting the Winter Olympics.

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5. We will see a lot of this.

8. Gaga continued to express her feelings towards Russia’s homophobic laws, urging a complete boycott of the games:

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10. When asked if she would ever go back to Russia for a visit, Gaga responded:

11. “I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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