Vladimir Putin, our old friend from last podcast episode, insists Russia’s antigay laws do not mean athletes would be punished for displaying rainbow flags in Sochi and that gays are not discriminated in Russia at all.
Putin said in an interview with the Assocated Press “I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” adding, “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”
Then he stood up and was like, “But God help me, if any single one of them so much as knows what a rainbow flag pin IS they’re as good as DEAD, you hear me!? DEAD!!!” and then he strangled a bear right in front of the press corps, snapping it’s neck with one hand, while lighting a cigar with the other. It was amazing. Nobody had a camera and were all momentarily deaf and blind. Okay, maybe this part didn’t happen…….
Anyway, the laws passed in June of this year restrict exposing minors to information that portrays these relationships as normal or attractive. Fines abound and foreigners can face up to 15 days in prison. Russian prison.
In the same interview, Putin commented on the nearby Islamic insurgency and said that terrorists should not be given any opportunity to “demonstrate their brutality and hatred of mankind.”
Yes….that would be awful. Just think of the PR backlash.