A homophobic Russian election video posted on Facebook his making many in the LGBT community irate because of the presence a gay man included the the video that shows the parade of terrors caused by not voting.
The video, watched more than 3 million times on Facebook, is set on the night before Russia’s March 18 election, in which Vladimir Putin is expected to be reelected easily.
A Russian husband dismisses his his wife’s desire to vote in the election, and says that her vote does not matter before he falls asleep and begins to dream.
The waking nightmare he finds himself in the next morning because of his apathy includes walking to the kitchen to find a “gay on a homestay,” part of a program where Russian families are forced to support LGBT people who don’t have partners.
The gay man, seen eating a banana, later appears in bed next to the clip’s middle aged protagonist before he wakes up.
Other “evils” pointed out by Russia viewers included military conscription for those up to 60 years old, a black man in the military, reminders of a Soviet youth program, massive inflation and rationed time to use the toilet.
Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Putin’s mentor and television personality who is running for president, condemned the video as an “incitement and humiliation of those in the minority. My opinion is that it’s possible to joke about everyone. About Hitler, and about gays. But to show LGBT as a threat in a homophobic country. It is no longer a joke.”
Sobchak also added that she believed the video, widely watched on the page of political analyst Alexander Kazakov, was financed by the Putin campaign.
Queer Nation and LGBT activists in New York City descended on the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala last night demanding that pro-Putin Russian performers at the Gala—and the Met itself—end their silence on the Kremlin’s attacks on LGBT Russians.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and soprano Anna Netrebko, who appeared in the Gala production of Eugene Onegin, which was written by the gay composer Peter Tchaikovsky, are longtime and vocal supporters of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president and have refused to publically denounce Russia’s recent draconian anti-gay laws.
Before the performance Queer Nation NY and LGBT activists including longtime LGBT journalist Ann Northrup and Andy Humm (pictured above) peacefully protested outside of the opera house carrying rainbow flags and signs.
Inside the MET just before the opera began, delaying the start of the performance Queer Nation NY members unfurled a rainbow flag chanted “Putin, Stop, End Your War on Russian Gays!” and “Anna, Your Silence is Killing Russian Gays! Valery, Your Silence is Killing Russian Gays! The protest was met with a mixed reaction of applause from some of the crowd within and also some boos.
Security led the protesters peacefully out of the opera house.
There were no arrests.
Singer Anna Netbrebko later wrote on her Facebook page: “As an artist, it is my great joy to collaborate with all of my wonderful colleagues — regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. I have never and will never discriminate against anyone.” But stopped short of denouncing Russia’s anti-gay laws.