Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends, Compliments Elton John

meet-the-pr-firm-that-helped-vladimir-putin-troll-the-entire-countryYou’ll never guess what crazy things Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying this week!

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.

Oh, okay.

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!

[h/t GayStarNews]

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  • BBellairs

    Can’t you just hear him: Some of my best friends were gay. No, I mean are gay, yeah that’s what I meant, are!

  • robirob

    So, based on Putin’s homophobic rethoric ‘gay equals pedophilia’, he consorts with pedophiles?

    Mr. Putin, you cannot have it both ways!

  • Janet E. Lee

    my Aunty Kaitlyn just got a new black Mercedes E-Class Wagon by working part time from a laptop. look at this now http://x.co/3giSI

  • jimbryant

    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got in life was to “beware the sugar that hides the evil taste”. This is Putin – a sugar-coated piece of bigotry who claims to be concerned for “the children” when what he really wants to do is to persecute those who don’t agree with his views.

    He has equated homosexuality with pornography, and has used this as a pretext to attack gay people. I’d like to look into his sex life and see what’s gong on there. I wouldn’t be surprised to find some ugly things.

  • Horse Lips

    I started to read the article, but I was overcome with nausea and vomited all over my computer screen (and Putin’s pic)

  • Shannon1981

    This man is insane. Has he not looked around and seen all of the beatings, firings, loss of housing, and all the other VERY REAL HARM his homophobic laws are causing? Just UGH. Can’t abide the sight of him.

  • Mikah

    It’s always infuriating when these homophobic imbeciles lie about having Gay friends.What sane Gay person would be a friend with such a disgusting stupid individual?

  • douglassnow

    The truth is that Putin is a sound, sad Christian at his heart–Russian Orthodox, in fact. In his view, homosexuality is just one of the amoral “Carthaginian” insults to the virtue, high culture and noble innocence of the Christian civilization of which he considers himself and his people to be the rightful heirs and guardians. He is in fact, personally, wonderful with children and animals, gentle, kind and indulgent. And he is quite sincere in his belief that children ought to be shielded from the obscenities of “Gay Pride” orgies and Pussy Riots. He is NOT a homophobic imbecile in the sense that Antonin Scalia or the governor of Texas are.

  • EGO

    Ah, religion, it causes most of our problems with hate and bigotry. Hopefully, people like Pope Francis, will help change the old mythical reasoning with modern day thinking.

  • LadyL

    @douglassnow: …And yet, he is willing to make allowances for the likes of Elton John? He sincerely believes ordinary, non-famous gays to be a danger to children and the moral order, but if they become super celebrated that changes everything?

    Is he really that stupid or is he hoping we are?

  • Stefano

    I love Putin. He is a great man. Stop lying you gay drama queens. No gay men are persecuted in Russia !!! I believe him.

  • Curtispsf

    Any day now, Putin’s going to continue the charade by saying “I’m not anti gay, I often give blowjobs to many of my friends after a long day of riding my horse shirtless…but it’s the children….we must protect the children. Isn’t that right, Elton” ?

  • Curtispsf

    @douglassnow: Oh, please girl. Are you his PR person? Putin is lower than pond scum.

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