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Monday, January 27, 2014

Putin's Sexual Cleansing

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

In an interview last week Vladimir Putin stated that Russia needed to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality. Yesterday the mayor of Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, declared his city homofrei:

The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city. Anatoly Pakhomov said homosexuals were welcome at the Games—as long as they "respect Russian law" and "don't impose their habits on others."

So... respect Russian law, which makes it a crime to be out, and please refrain from "imposing" your gay habits on others by, you know, existing and shit. Gay visitors won't have a problem at Sochi so long as no one finds out you're gay.


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Pope Peabrain 1
He sounds and acts like a Roman emperor.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 27, 2014 at 7:46 AM · Report this
rob! 2
There's at least one homo in the city—the truth is buried in the mayor's name.
Posted by rob! on January 27, 2014 at 8:17 AM · Report this
rob! 3
We are everywhere!
Posted by rob! on January 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Confluence 4
If it really were a human rights issue, the whole world woulda come around by now. Doesn't look like it's happening any time soon.
Posted by Confluence on January 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM · Report this
And today there's a new draft law - it will ban "propaganda" of all sexual relations among minors.…

Or rather "information that promotes prioritizing of sexual relations to the detriment of family values, spiritual and intellectual development."
Posted by puddles on January 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM · Report this
@Confluence, right, if it were a REAL human rights issue, the world would do something. Like we did in Darfur, right? Also, are you saying gay Russians aren't real humans or that they simply don't exist?

Jesus F. Christ on a Segway, do we have to see people being stoned before we take action? With apologies to the hard working athletes, we all need to boycott Sochi. Personally, I won't even be watching the Olympics on TV this year.
Posted by Chaucer59 on January 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
By habits he probably means no buttfucking in public places. Like bushes, parks, bathrooms etc etc etc...
Posted by myvcris on January 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM · Report this
The Beatles 8
Dan is learning, just like Ed Snowden, that Russia and the U.S. aren't quite the same places. Stop the presses!
Posted by The Beatles on January 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
The Beatles 9
@7 Nope. By "habits" he means even appearing in public with a same-sex partner of any kind, or even implying support for any LGBT people in any way. See comment @8 above.
Posted by The Beatles on January 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this
blip 10
@4, lol what. By this reasoning slavery, genocide, and torture aren't human rights issues either.
Posted by blip on January 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Ophian 11
No boycott. Gayest Olympics ever. That'll show 'em.
Posted by Ophian on January 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
That ad should be real =(
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM · Report this
debug 13
He has to be using the word "cleanse" on purpose as it has so much historical baggage. You'd think a country that paid such a steep price fighting Hitler would be loath to take on his wording. How do you say "My Struggle" in Russian?
Posted by debug on January 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Ticket sales for the Sochi Games are way off expected numbers. Very few Americans are showing interest in attending the Sochi Games. We must keep pushing the boycott and we have to include sponsors and media coverage in the boycott. Anyone and everyone participating in these Olympics should be hate-shamed into backing away. Once the attention of the world moves on after the Games, does the "cleansing" begin? Berlin 1936 has many parallels to Sochi 2014.
Posted by CokeKills on January 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Mr Ophian - If Jeffrey B had unretired, we could have looked forward to seeing the large presence in the stands of a huge contingent of Buttle Buddies (I don't know if the group still exists, but I'm sure a return would have led to its revival).

Seriously, though, unfortunately the IOC would never stand for the gayest Olympics ever (and it would be pretty hard to outdo the original), and they'll probably crack down on any attempts.
Posted by vennominon on January 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM · Report this
Catherwood 16
@13: Моя борьба, according to Google.

As for me, I can boycott Coke and the Olympics, but I don't drink Coke and I wasn't going to watch anyway. Does it do any good?
Posted by Catherwood on January 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM · Report this
So, what happens when the Olympics are a financial failure. The ignorant and homophobic russian pieces of shit will blame their own gay people and things will go badly for them. Let's hope it's over quickly, the russians win a lot of gold medals and no gay persons are hurt.
Posted by longwayhome on January 27, 2014 at 8:20 PM · Report this
> "information that promotes prioritizing of sexual relations to the detriment of family values, spiritual and intellectual development."

That really surprises me, the last official Kremlin position on sex-ed was that premarital sex is good, and unprotected premarital sex is better. There was endless reporting in the west about how unprotected sex was promoted during the camping events of the Kremlin backed nationalist Nashi youth groups. This was supposedly because the Kremlin was worried about the strategic and economic consequences of Russia's extremely low birth rate. (IE no young workers and no young soldiers)

Google only finds me rightwing fear-mongering about this and I don't feel like doing a lot of googling on "young Russian sex +nashi" from my work computer... "the enemy is outbreading us" is a bit of a staple among made up propaganda but maybe there is reputable sources as well…

These pro-Putin nationalist Nashi youth groups were set up in response to the young people who (with western suggestions and backing) overthrew Russian backed dictatorships in Ukraine and Georgia. With the current situation in Ukraine heating up again, maybe Kremlin funding for Nashi will go up again. Or maybe the Kremlin will just cozy up further to the church to strengthen its base of old religious people, this was what pussy riot was protesting. When the Ukrainian government that people are trying to overthrow rejected an EU economic cooperation treaty it organized its own counter rallies. Of course economic treaties tend not to get people out in the street, so part of the government fearmongering was that getting closer to the EU would mean Ukraine would be forced to accept gay marriage.

You know... in case anyone want to read some more on the subject of actually sexually harmful propaganda aimed at Russias young people.
Posted by wasd on January 28, 2014 at 2:05 AM · Report this

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