Russian authorities are investigating a Calvin Klein perfume commercial amid allegations that the ad violates a the countries draconian ban against “gay propaganda.”
Moscow’s Rambler News Service reported on Monday this week that officials in Arkhangelsk, a northern coastal city near the White Sea, are reviewing a CK2 fragrance ad after a resident saw the clip on YouTube and complained that it contains “elements of propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia.”
Medusa, an English-language website founded by Russian journalists, said the clip in question is a 43-second commercial that was uploaded to the video sharing site earlier this month and had been viewed barely 8,000 times as of Monday.
In the commercial, titled “HOW2 Reconnect,” two young men are shown lying in bed together, FULLY CLOTHED.
As of 2013, federal law in Russia prohibits the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships.”
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service in Arkhangelsk are handling the complaint and will make a determination after conducting a review with Roskomnadzor, the government’s Internet watchdog, in two or three weeks, a representative for the agency told RNS.
If found guilty, Calvin Klein could be fined up to 1 million rubles.