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Gay icon Cher has refused a request to perform during at the Winter Olympics in Sochi because of the “gay hate” in Russia.

“I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”

Cher joins the ever-growing list of celebrities who have denounced Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

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