Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi next month, the notoriously anti-gay madman is showing his softer side in an interview with BBC. In addition to claiming some European countries are moving toward legalizing pedophilia, Putin says he has some gay friends and doesn’t believe his incredibly harmful anti-gay laws harm them at all:
I myself know some people who are gay. We’re on friendly terms…It seems to me that the law we adopted doesn’t harm anybody. What’s more, homosexual people can’t feel inferior here, because there is no professional, career or social discrimination against them.
And for the first time ever, Putin officially shades Madonna, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and every other performer not allowed to promote “homosexual propaganda” in his country. According to him, openly gay Elton John is allowed to perform in Russia because he is “sincerely loved”:
When they achieve great success, for example Elton John – he’s an extraordinary person, a distinguished musician, and millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation.
He also reassures BBC that folks planning to protest his laws next month will not be prosecuted. However, “protest actions and propaganda are two slightly different things,” he says. No word yet on what exactly the difference is, but we’ll surely find out next month!