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Brooke Shields & Heather Graham In Audience As Gay Rights Protesters Storm A Russian Opera!

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They say it ain't over until the fat lady sings!

But when the protesters start screaming, the opera has to stop for awhile too!

That's what happened at Lincoln Center in New York on Monday night during a performance of the Russian opera, Eugene Onegin, when around a dozen gay rights activists burst into the auditorium, mid-performance!

And sitting in the audience for opening night were Brooke Shields, Heather Graham and Diane Kruger!

The protesters singled out Russian performer Anna Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev, shouting:

"Anna, your silence is killing Russian gays! Valery, your silence is killing Russian gays! Down with Putin! Free Russian gays!"

The opera was halted while guards were brought in to remove the demonstrators, who were believed to have been part of a larger group that was also protesting outside of the theater.

OK, so we are HUGE fans of the 1st Amendment, don't get us wrong. But this just seems a little…misplaced. Right?

These performers aren't Russian politicians. They weren't even in Russia at the time of this demonstration! So what good is ruining an opera going to do for gays in Russia?

We stand behind pretty much ALL of these Russian boycotts because what's going on over there is an absolute TRAGEDY! But this one doesn't strike the right chord with us!

[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]

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6 comments to “Brooke Shields & Heather Graham In Audience As Gay Rights Protesters Storm A Russian Opera!”

  1. TruthSpeaker says – reply to this


    that was a STUPID ASS QUESTION and you should be ashamed of yourself as a gay man for asking it!

  2. 2

    Brooke looks more concerned than afraid, as she gets caught in the wrong place at the right time.

  3. 3

    I would have been ticked off. I have bought tickets to the opera and ballet (but in LA, not New York) and they are not cheap. I hope they fine those protestors.

  4. Elle says – reply to this


    I agree Perez, thank you. The protest was misplaced and inappropriate.

  5. Raptah says – reply to this


    Dear sir, I would like to understand your logic. Denounce the Russian "law" and are at the same time saddened that people make a political act denouncing them. I do not think that there are various choices of boycotts according to the artistic tastes, as to the restaurant with a menu. A boycott is Total or does not happen to exist. A "small artistic sacrifice" can sometimes save so many lives. While I do not in any way compare you to these people, your words remind me of those French collaborators who would listen in Paris Berlin orchestra led by a member of the Nazi party since 1933 Herbert Von Karajan … I think you do not understand what is happening in Russia and ACTUALLY unfortunately could happen.
    English is not my native language, sorry.

  6. Clarknt67 says – reply to this


    Actually, it was two, not a dozen, and they didn't interrupt the performance, it happened well before the performance started.

    This piece almost has some factual content in it. I guess like Law and Order episode, this post was inspired by real life events