Blondie has said that it was their 'moral duty' to reject an invitation to perform at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
While the band reveals that it wasn't an easy decision, they admit that they felt compelled to turn down the offer due to their long relationship with the gay community.
"We wanted to go but it didn't feel proper, especially in light of the crazy new legislation banning 'homosexual propaganda' and the climate of anti-gay abuse," the group wrote in the new issue of NME. "Blondie has a long relationship with the gay community. These are our friends and neighbours, so to take a stand and represent them feels natural to us."
Earlier this month the New York band tweeted a photo of the offer they received to play in front of a crowd of 25,000 people at the Red Rocks festival, on the Sochi Medals Plaza.
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