In case you haven’t heard, Russia is not so big on depictions of homosexuality these days. So we were kind of stunned when Lena Katina, one half of the early 2000s sensation t.A..Tu. tweeted that she and bandmate Yulia Volkova “have been invited to take part at the Sochi Olympics.”
In case the Aughts are blur for you, tATu charted with songs like “All the Things She Said,” “All About Us” and “Not Gonna Get Us,” represented Russia in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest and even performed at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.
But they were mostly known for the coquettish lesbian imagery that populated their videos and performances. We say “imagery” because, despite appearances, neither Volkova nor Katina are gay—their sapphic bond was the invention of their manager, Russian television producer Ivan Shapovalov,
When their shtick got tired, the girls faded from view (at least in the States) and eventually broke up in 2011.
So is t.A.T.u. going to reunite for the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony on February 7? They are the biggest pop act to come out of Russia, but it’s almost beyond comprehension that the Kremlin would allow gay artists to perform, faux or otherwise.
Katina, 29, deleted her original tweet and replaced it with another message, declaring, “all statements will be made at the right moment. As it turned out, this was not yet the right moment.”
Maybe Putin figures that since Katina got hitched to a man last year, and Volkova has two kids from two different husbands, theyir lesbian ways are behind them. Or maybe the girls are just looking to generate some buzz.
They’re not exactly strangers to crude publicity students.