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Watch: t.A.T.u. perform at Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

Performance controversial given Russia's LGBT laws

 

Watch: t.A.T.u. perform at Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

Photo: WENN.com

t.A.T.u., the Russian pop duo who rose to fame with the song 'All The Things She Said', have performed at the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Considering the song's music video saw the two dressed as schoolgirls kissing in the rain, it's not the most obvious choice. Watch clips of the performance below.

Russia passed a federal law back in July banning the 'promotion of homosexuality to minors', and same-sex couples receive no legal recognition by the state. Though both members of t.A.T.u. have admitted they were only acting in the music video, their decision to perform has proven controversial, given their reputation as part of the LGBT movement.

The performance was not broadcast internationally and, unsurprisingly, they chose to perform 'Not Gonna Get Us' rather than 'All The Things She Said.'

Watch part of t.A.T.u.'s Sochi Olympics performance below

Show director Konstantin Ernst said that despite the laws discriminating against homsexuality in Russia, t.A.T.u. were included in the ceremony because they are one of the few Russian pop acts that international viewers might recognise.

Earlier in the week, band member Lena Katina reportedly took to twitter to criticise Sochi officials, writing: "The organisation is horrible... They're treating the artists like shit!!!" The post has since been deleted.

t.A.T.u. have had three studio albums, but their debut, 200km/h in the Wrong Lane, which featured the single 'All The Things She Said', was by far the most successful.

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