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Madonna booed in Romania for promoting Gypsy tolerance



Madonna always finds something to get people riled up, and this time it's for telling Romanians they shouldn't discriminate the country's Roma, a.k.a. Gypsies. Oh Madge, you're always stirring the pot!

"It has been brought to my attention ... that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe," she told a crowd of 60,000 in Bucharest Wednesday night. "It made me feel very sad."

She got a lot of cheers, but there were plenty of boos and whistles, too (watch the video above). A few cheered when she added: "We don't believe in discrimination ... we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone." But she got more boos when she mentioned discrimination against homosexuals and others.

Roma, or Gypsies, are a nomadic ethnic group believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. Many of the estimated 500,000 to 2 million in Romania do not have official identification, which means they cannot get social benefits, are undereducated and struggle to find decent jobs. Not that it matters to some.

"I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us," 23-year-old fan Ionut Dinu told the AP. "What business does she have telling us these things?"

Hey Ionut, you're the one who paid something like 300 Lei for a ticket. You tell us.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:53am]


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