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Lady Gaga says she supports a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia due to their anti-gay laws.

In an interview with British talk show host Alan Carr on his show, Chatty Man (via The Independent), Gaga said, “I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all.”

The ARTPOP singer explained that she didn’t want to take away from the athlete’s hard work, but felt it wasn’t right to support the country’s discriminatory laws. “I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays,” she said. “They pepper spray and beat them in Russia.”

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This summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law that officially classifies “homosexual propaganda” as pornography. This means anyone who is gay or supports gay rights is subject to arrest and fines.

“It made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia, and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics… I can’t, it just feels so wrong and sad,” she explained. “I hate saying that, because I’m so excited for those like Tom Daley to go and to win and to rejoice.”

(Tom Daley, an Olympic diver who last week posted a video revealing that he is gay, is not actually eligible to participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.)

Asked if Gaga has any plans to return to the country, she remarked that she probably won’t be allowed back, following her 2012 performance in St. Petersburg in which she defended gay rights from the stage, screaming, “Where’s all my gay kids tonight? Tonight this is my house, Russia. You can be gay in my house.”

Gaga is still under investigation for entering Russia illegally in 2012 on the wrong visa, while a promoter for that show is being fined for violating a local law against exposing children to “harmful information” after a local resident claimed that her 13-year-old daughter was subjected to “an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption.”

Gaga’s stance on Russia aligns her with Madonna, who recently announced she was working with the Human Rights Campaign’s “Love Conquers Hate” initiative to stop Russia from targeting their citizens with hateful laws.

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