A group of Russian anti-gay activists sued American pop star Madonna for $10 million on Friday, saying she had insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg last week.
“She (Madonna) had been warned with words that she should behave in line with the law and she ignored it. So we will speak in the language of money,” said Darya Dedova, one of the 10 activists who filed the lawsuit in a St. Petersburg court.
“Of course, it is difficult to measure moral damages and suffering, but maybe people who earn money regardless of moral rules will better understand this,” Dedova said.
She added if they won the case, the money would be sent to orphanages.
“Maybe someone does not see the link, but after Madonna’s concert maybe some boy becomes gay, some girl becomes lesbian, fewer children are born as a result and this big country cannot defend its borders – for me it causes moral suffering,” said Alexei Kolotkov, another of the activists who filed the suit.
He’s making a documentary about his legal squabble with the chicken chain; here’s the trailer:
This sort of thing always irritates me, how businesses think that (a) they own a certain combination of certain words, and (b) that little businesses in out-of-the-way places are some sort of threat to their brand, esp. when the products the two different businesses promote are so entirely different, as to cause no confusion in the minds of anyone…
I hope he wins his case.
Whatcott’s legal team claims the CBC misrepresented him when they panned to one of his pamphlets declaring “Kill the Homosexual” during the story – words Whatcott maintains were a spoof of a 2008 Alberta Human Rights Commission ruling tossing out a complaint about a death metal song urging listeners to “Kill the Christian.”
Tom Schuck, Whatcott’s lawyer, said the broadcaster should have used one the pamphlets at issue in the current Supreme Court case.
“But they dredged up this old pamphlet and then misconstrued it for the general public,” he said.
In doing so, Schuck argues “they allege that Bill advocates killing homosexual people – that would be hate speech under the criminal code.”
Figures the CBC would play dirty. Of course, that parody was, to say the least, ill-advised.