Winter Olympics: Putin’s absurd 1950s notion of “gay propaganda” — Russian President Vladimir Putin sounds like something out of the 1950s with his absurd notion of “gay propaganda”.
Putin has said homosexuals will be welcomed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but warned them against spreading “gay propaganda”, according to a BBC report.
This sounds an awful lot like the foolish and ignorant anti-gay rhetoric heard in 1950s America. But then, perhaps the former KGB boss is still stuck in the 1950s.
Speaking in Sochi on Friday to volunteers who are helping at next month’s Winter Olympics, Putin tried to sound progressive.
“We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations,” he said. “We have a ban on promoting homosexuality and paedophilia among minors”.
What to his mind sounded like an open-minded and progressive comment just revealed the deep-seated nature of his own ignorance and bigotry. The very idea that gay people try to “promote” homosexuality and push it on minors is itself nothing but propaganda, and has no basis in reality.
In what must have been a hilarious moment, one of the volunteers at Friday’s meeting commented on Sochi’s very gay-looking rainbow-coloured uniforms and asked if they might be breaching the ban on gay propaganda.
Mr Putin reportedly replied that he had not designed the uniform. Well, at least he has a sense of humour.
“We are not banning anything and we won’t arrest anyone,” said Mr. Putin said, in remarks that were televised.
“You can feel free in your relationships but leave children in peace.” Ah, again that obsession with a non-existent connection.
Gay rights campaigners across the globe have called for a boycott of Sochi’s Winter Olympics in protest over Russia’s new controversial legislation, which was passed in June.
It is an amendment to the child protection law which prescribes fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18.
Critics have slammed the new law, saying the loose wording and its free interpretation by the government effectively make any kind of public gay rights event in Russia an impossibility.
In response, some national leaders have said they will not attend the Winter Games, which run from February 7 to 23.
Bravo to US President Barack Obama, who pointedly announced he was sending an Olympic delegation which includes several openly gay sports figures, including tennis legend Billie Jean King.
This just in – a large number of Olympic athletes are always gay. But shhhh. Don’t tell Mr Putin.