Grimes Defends Decision to Play Russia

Grimes Defends Decision to Play Russia
Quirky Canadian pop songwriter Grimes is playing a private show in Russia this week, and she has apparently been criticized over the gig on Twitter, with some detractors saying that she shouldn't perform in the country due to its harsh stance on homosexuality. In response to these comments, she published a blog post on Tumblr explaining her reasons for going ahead with the performance.

Today (October 30), she wrote, "Yes, I am playing in Moscow in 2 days and no, i do not feel bad about it. I don't think that denying and ignoring the gay community in russia is cool. I have gay friends in russia and the only strait person on the Grimes team is james as far as i know lol."

She went on to argue that, were she to cancel the show, her fans would suffer while the government would be unaffected. She wrote, "We are entering safely and it means the world to me to be returning 2 russia. It doesn't hurt the government if I refuse to tour there. Just regular people. So i don't think it's wrong to be doing this. Refusing to go to russia would only hurt fans."

While this is a private event, she promised to return for a larger show once she releases her next album.