Putin's Shocking New Anti-Gay Smear
The strongman Russian leader Vladimir Putin likened gays to pedophiles in comments on Sunday. While Putin said that gay athletes and their fans are safe to attend the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he also cast aspersions on gay people. He said that Russia should be “cleansed” of gays because of the need for population growth, in addition to the pedophile comment.
At the same time, Putin said that “there are no fears for people with this nontraditional orientation who plan to come to Sochi as guests or participants... I couldn't care less about their sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all visitors to the Olympics.”
Russia has been the target of ire since they passed a law last year banning“propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” aimed at kids. As the Associated Press notes, “the law on propaganda has been used to justify barring gay pride rallies on the grounds that children might see them.”
Gay rights campaigners have urged boycotts of Russian vodka and of the Olympic games.
Hate crimes against gays have risen in the country.