Electronic musician Grimes defended her choice to play a private concert in Russia after she was criticized by people on Twitter for accepting the job.
The Montreal singer's choice to perform in Moscow seemed controversial to some, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing a law in June that outlawed providing "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to children. The law threatens so-called offenders with prison sentences, large fines or deportation in the case of foreigners.
But in a Tumblr post the “Visions” artist said “No, I do not feel bad about it” and told a fan via Twitter that she was hoping to return for a "big" Russian tour in the spring.
"I don't think that denying and ignoring the gay community in Russia is cool," wrote the 25-year-old, whose real name is Claire Boucher.
"I have gay friends in Russia and the only (straight) person on the Grimes team is James as far as I know."
“We are entering safely and it means the world to me to be returning to Russia," she added. "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."