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But wait, this can’t be happening, Johnny Weir defended Russia and said it was great and gay Activists were idiots.
He wouldn’t be a sell out loser who defends the murderers of gays now would he?
We’ve got people perceived as gay being beaten and shot dead in gay neighborhoods of New York City. In Saudi Arabia, a US “ally”, homosexuals can be legally put to death or maybe have their hand chopped off by the government.
Let’s not pretend homophobic violence and hate only occur in Putin’s Russia.
@Kieran: Did the author say that?
@Kieran: Your comment is nonsensical as Queerty reports on all sorts of violence against gays all over the world. In what way are they “pretending homophobic violence and hate only occur in Putin’s Russia?” Please explain.
Pay attention. I never accused Queerty or the author of anything. I’m just pointing out reality. Homophobic hate and violence is a worldwide problem. Those who act like homophobia has suddenly descended upon Russia should be aware that we’ve got people just like those in the videos right here in our own country.
@Kieran: “we’ve got people just like those in the videos right here in our own country”
Way to totally MISS the point. Yes, homophobia is not completely dead in North America but outright violence as shown here and acts of hate no longer go unpunished here either.In Russia, these acts are “celebrated” by hetero males. HUGE difference.Huge.
And the REAL point IS that Russia, under Putin, has made great BACKWARDS strides.Totally out of step with developed nations they so wanted to be a part of.
No, what you DID do is completely try and minimize what is going on in Russia by trying to draw a false equivalency with some of the homophobic attacks here in the U.S.
The difference being that the attacks here in the U.S. are illegal and the govt. is moving on gay rights, with the latest being that the Federal govt. is recognizing marriages in Mi. even over the states objections.
As compared to Russia where there is systematic govt. support for the attack and torture of gays.
Two completely different things and your attempt to compare them is shameful.
Why is the russian government so fucking ignorant? This is utter madness. EU should step in.
@yayjulian: Unfortunately, we have here what basically boils down to an “elected dictator” who is also a total megalomaniac,who then militarily invades another country and takes land by occupied force, causing other allied powers to have to take measures against them etc. which always puts basic human rights issues on the back burner.In other words, first Russia needs a leader who has a grasp of twenty-first century social morays and expectations before we stand ANY chance of tackling issues such as equal rights for people of all genders and sexual persuasions, etc.
It is not only Putin, although he is a horrible person. It is a fact that 80% of the Russian people are homophobic. I feel sorry for any gay person who lives in Russia. Sometimes I wish they could all come to San Francisco, but then who would be left to fight the fight? Nothing will change in Russia unless you can change the mind set of the majority of the people. I am the mother of a gay son, and thank God that we live here. Yes, there are Neanderthals here, too, but luckily they are in the minority.
I can’t watch anymore of these vids. It kept me depressed for days, especially during the Olympic. And I already struggle with depression. I just wish there was something more I could do, and the world, but obviously not enough people care.
THIS IS SO FUCKED UP! Why do we still do business with these people?
Anything Russian. Trash it and never go back – that is what we can ALL at minimum .That is an ignorant backwards country lost and controlled by fools, haters, and criminals.
Oh, and those first two comments were either written by idiots or Russian government fools. That shit does it happen here, stop giving them a pass. Your drama belongs on a stage.
Remember nothing Russian , and. Be sure to tell everyone why, including the bar, store, and restaurant owners about your objections. Our wallets have always had the most power! You have something Russian, pack it up and send it back.
USA not looking so bad these days huh .
Russians are true savages and barbarians.
Not the ethnicity. I know a lot of great Russian people in the US.
But the culture back in Russia. Horrendously barbaric.
Also it’s not just that it’s crime-ridden. But that a lot of the violent crime is *sanctioned* by police. That’s what separates Russia from the West.
@Kieran: Note to Kieran: In the US *NONE OF THAT IS SANCTIONED BY POLICE!!!*
Get a clue, and stop comparing apples to oranges.
I think it’s especially important to call out the “Russian paratroopers” in the second video for their scandalous hooliganism and betrayal of military professionalism.
I mean to say that Russians wouldn’t necessarily listen to or care about “these guys were beating up homosexuals”, but “these guys claiming to represent Russian military veterans were behaving publicly like a bunch of drunken thugs and ignoring the instructions from the uniformed police to calm down” can, in fact, have some effect on Russian public opinion.
Repeat: Spin it as “unbecoming a professional military/police force” will likely work better than spinning it as “homophobic.”
@Cagnazzo82: “Russians are true savages and barbarians”
That’s no way to win friends and influence people, molodoi chelovek. Russians may be a trifle Klingon-ish at times, but they’ve heard of Dale Carnegie.
@Frankie James: “Anything Russian. Trash it and never go back – that is what we can ALL at minimum .That is an ignorant backwards country lost and controlled by fools, haters, and criminals.”
Your advice is probably almost as difficult and impractical to follow as “don’t buy Arab or Iranian oil,” although not as impossible as “don’t buy anything manufactured in China.”
Count the number of politicians violating human rights. Now consider the number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied people experiencing human rights violations. So all the people experiencing human rights violations from the acts of politicians need only enforce human rights by punishing politicians who violate human rights. The global LGBTA community – more than a third of Earth’s population – has to provide politicians with an undeniable reason to never violate the human rights of LGBTA people. The lesson of Stonewall was that there is only so much the LGBTA community will put up with before getting even.
Actually it is easy to effect the price of Russian oil. Conserve energy, the U.S. could reduce our dependence on Foreign oil and this would crash the price of all oil on the market. It wouldn’t matter if we buy Russian oil or not. When the price drops it hurts the price of all oil and since that is most of Russia’s economy right there, you have just sent Russia into a huge recession.
The Russian government is more schizophrenic sometimes than North Korea or even China is. After all, the politicians basically abandoned their leadership roles and let the country and the economy crash and burn from corruption and stupidity in 1991 by dissolving the Soviet Union. Since then, what they now have have filling in the leadership void is the predictable fascist disaster that Putin is lording over, which also probably won’t end very well.
But when politicians are failing on so many levels and refuse to take the heat, the age old excuse of making the harmless gays out to be the enemy, is exactly like what the GOP attempts to do in this country on a regular basis to get votes.
And the GOP is already doing a great job of destroying the US economically since the 2000 elections, I might add. Then in 2004, in order to deflect ongoing criticism for fiscal GOP government mismanagement, the bigoted GOP decided to start vilifying the gays nationwide for the crazy Christian conservative votes.
So really, we shouldn’t be too surprised by what is happening in Russia. And we need to see Russia as a cautionary tale of what could happen here to gays if the baby Jesus crazy GOP conservatives ever get a chance to completely wreck this country without proper guidance.
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