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WATCH: Blake Skjellerup Offers To Give Vladimir Putin A Much-Needed Hug

Blake Skjellerup, the New Zealand speed skater who competed at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and who is known at Queerty headquarters as not only one of our favorite heartthrobs but also as a dedicated LGBT activist, has a message for Vladimir Putin: Dude, you need a hug!

Skjellerup notes that he is proud to be gay and chides the Russian leader for his country’s antigay laws and how the Olympics have been compromised for many athletes and spectators this year. “The Olympic games belong to the world,” he states, “it doesn’t belong to you.”

The 28-year-old, who missed qualifying to again represent New Zealand in the 2014 games, nevertheless wishes he were there. “It’s unfortunate that I won’t be in Sochi and have the chance to meet you and give you a great big hug,” Skjellerup muses. “It sounds like you need it. You sound very scared and I’m not a scary person.”

Want to make your own voice heard? Here’s one way: Uinterview has launched a Facebook app that allows users to create their own 59-second video message for Putin. Click the “U Rant” tab and eventually the videos will automatically upload to the user’s Facebook timeline and the person whose video obtains the most “likes” by the end of February will receive a personal message from Skjellerup. Maybe you can get a video-hug!

By:          EDITORS
On:           Feb 4, 2014
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    • litper

      He’s beautiful. Too bad the Olympics will be full of closeted athletes – no other “man” had the balls to come out to show he’s not afraid of thug Putin

      Feb 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jmmartin

      Mr. Skjellerup, if Vlad (the Impaler) rejects your offer of a hug, I am perfectly willing to act in his stead.

      Feb 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bradleyx

      he didnt qualify??
      What happened to this statement??:

      When will you find out if you’re definitely going to Sochi?

      Based on my world ranking from the past three years, I’ll definitely be going. For it to not happen something very, very wrong would have to take place, such as breaking a leg.

      Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/blake-skjellerup-explains-why-an-olympic-boycott-is-wrong-and-offers-advice-for-closeted-athletes-20131016/#ixzz2sSjFtEzy

      Feb 5, 2014 at 10:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Is he in Russia saying this? That would be the real brave….

      Feb 5, 2014 at 11:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      “Awareness” is really just a White Authority Privilege…

      Feb 5, 2014 at 11:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadywithaLamp

      I don’t think Putin needs a hug, but a scalding hot enema couldn’t hurt.

      Feb 6, 2014 at 5:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983

      Looks like someone wants to keep being famous and doesn’t want the gays to forget him. He probably should have spent more time training than doing so much publicity seeking.

      Feb 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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