“Vlad Putin finally said what he means, just before he hosts his big Hate Olympics next month in Sochi: Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Russia’s anti-gay law Sunday, linking homosexuality with pedophilia and stating Russia needs to ‘cleanse’ itself of gays if it wants to increase its birth rate,” reports Teddy, noting the chilling use of the very loaded word “cleanse.”
But there’s been a great amount of pushback around the globe, like the German-based “Love is not for propaganda” campaign, Enough Is Enough. They’ll be lighting a rainbow flame in Berlin to overshadow the hate coming from the Sochi Olympic flame.
Another great response is this delightful satire from the Great White Way:
Russian Broadway Shut Down – Government Deems All Theatre Homosexual Propaganda
In case you’ve been living under a rock there’s been a lot of homophobic pushback happening in Russia. In light of these events the Broadway community gathered for a parody video from Jason Michael Snow (Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man) and Jason Walton West (NEWSical the Musical)—AKA the minds that brought you Downton Abbey the musical. Their latest musical short, Russian Broadway Shut Down, is a star-studded caper following the “Russian Broadway” community uniting for a one-night-only production of Harvey Fierstein’s new (fictional) musical Love & Punishment.
There’s a simple message at the end, a quote from Leo Tolstoy: “If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” And there are. Stop the hate.