Romanians Boo Madonna for Defending Gypsies

But Gypsy musicians, dancer get applause
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 2:28 PM CDT
Madonna performs during her concert in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. The concert is part of Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour.   (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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(Newser) – Madonna spoke up for gypsies during a concert in Romania, leading thousands of audience members to boo her, the AP reports. “I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad,” the Romanian Times quotes her as saying.

“We believe in acceptance, gypsies, homosexuals, people that are different,” continued the singer, who featured gypsy musicians and a dancer in her show. “Everyone must be treated the same, don't forget that.” Madonna didn't react to the boos from the crowd.