Gay people welcome at Sochi Olympics, says Putin

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The Russian president's comments came as a surprise amid widespread criticism of the country's ban on homosexual "propaganda."

President Vladimir Putin, seeking to defuse criticism over his treatment of Russia's gay community, said all people will be welcome in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Triggering angry criticism from the West and even calls to boycott the Sochi games, Russia adopted in June a ban on homosexual "propaganda" among minors, a law denounced by critics as discriminatory and aimed at stifling dissent.

"We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation" Putin told Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on an inspection visit in Sochi on Monday.

Written By: Alexei Anishchuk
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21 COMMENTS

  1. Non-Nordic athletes were welcomed at the 1936 olympics because Hitler was certain they would all lose, thus giving more credence to his theories of Aryan superiority. When Jessie Owens proved him to be full of shït, he was not pleased. If some Johnny Weiresque figure skater from another country decides to blow Mr. Putin a kiss after winning a medal, we could very well be looking at World War III, four years later.

    • In reply to #2 by IDLERACER:

      Non-Nordic athletes were welcomed at the 1936 olympics b…

      It is very sad that some people have been ragged so far from reality by what they read that they actually think this isn’t just plain barmy.

    • In reply to #4 by memetical:

      Dear Roedy. I can visualize it right now. Three Canadian ‘Pussy Dolls’ gaytcrashin’ the Russia vs. USA ice-hockey final ! ;) m

      That’s funny, it’s easier for me and Roedy to imagine a Canada v’s Russia final, especially if we want to win.

      It would also be a bigger snub as Canada is more than a decade ahead of the US in gay marriage.

  2. Scapegoating is one the oldest sports that humans ever invented. If there was an Olympic Games for prejudiced activities, it would be the equivalent of a 100 meters sprint or a marathon — an A List event. As it happens, some in Russia have recently shown themselves adept at scapegoating — if it isn’t attacks on migrant or student Africans, it’s attacks on members of the LGBT community, or on secular organizations like the British Council. As usual with scapegoating, you do what it takes to distract from the country’s often self-inflicted woes. It will be interesting to see how many “scapegoaters” turn up at the Sochi Olympics.

  3. I’ve always thought that Putin lays on his butchness just a little too thick somehow.

    In my book, as a politician he’s fair game, so I can say that his gait is slightly strange, in that he holds one arm still and swings the other while he’s walking. It’s almost as if he’s giving a self conscious performance; could that perhaps be the case?

    Who gives a toss I hear you cry.

  4. These comments by Putin are entirely natural, as any russian would recognise. Only those believing the diet of rubbish stories served in the west would take notice.

    Load of nonsense in the comments here. Gays get beaten up every day in countries around the world – including UK and Russia – there is nothing unusual about Russia, except that the liberalisation that we saw in say the UK between 1960 and 2000 has been matched in half that time in Russia.
    There is a law about underage gay propaganda – much like Section 28 which was in UK law from 1988 to 2003.

    There is a massive anti-Russia PR campaign funded by by exiled Russian Oligarchs such as Berezovsky (but no one talks about him anymore) and former colleagues of Khordorkovsky. Witness the many false claim made about Khordorkovsky, about the Russian – georegian “war”, about Politkovskaya and Litvinenko. The press buy into these stories because they are served up to them by unnamed friends – the BBC and the Economist are amongst the worst in getting Russia wrong.

    Look at the way the green Peace story got written up – yet on this site everyone saw throgh that. Look at the way the Pussy Riot story gets written up – I doubt that more than 1 in a hundred people know what actually happened, or who Pussy Riot actually were – certainly comments on this site indicates as much.

    • In reply to #8 by MickeyDroy2:

      These comments by Putin are entirely natural, as any russian would recognise. Only those believing the diet of rubbish stories served in the west would take notice.

      Load of nonsense in the comments here. Gays get beaten up every day in countries around the world – including UK and Russia – there…I doubt that more than 1 in a hundred people know what actually happened, or who Pussy Riot actually were – certainly comments on this site indicates as much.

      Please do enlighten us on what could possibly have justified the neo-Soviet treatment of Pussy Riot. Deploying terms like “underage gay propaganda” as if there were such a thing does already appear not to benefit your credibility. Are you going to claim next that Putin’s fellations of the Orthodox Church were photo-shopped?

    • In reply to #8 by MickeyDroy2:

      These comments by Putin are entirely natural, as any russian would recognise. Only those believing the diet of rubbish stories served in the west would take notice.

      Load of nonsense in the comments here. Gays get beaten up every day in countries around the world – including UK and Russia – there…

      If you allege the common perception of Putin’s Russia as oligarchical, corrupt, and oppressive, is deeply mistaken, then you are alleging a global conspiracy to fool everyone and you are privy to an exclusive truth. You seem not to realize what a bold, controversial claim you are making, as you provide no evidence (just reference that evidence exists to the initiated), so you are either feigning ignorance or you actually don’t realize how to present your information to a reasonable and informed audience. Your syllogisms are shy and incomplete. The format of your statements resembles a 9/11-truther or creationist.

      I’ll be charitable and assume the former, that you are genuinely, edenically, foregivably ignorant. To understand the tenor of contributors on this site, familiarize yourself with Putin’s reputation for collusion with the Orthodox Church. It goes beyond appeasement. You may find some stuff by Hitchens.

      I love piercing the irony of national perception. Misconceptions and propaganda are very persistent. It takes effort to personally rise above the fog and see things as they are. Travel, education, and romance are wonderful means of learning about other cultures and are sadly rare opportunities for most. As you say, nations such as Russia are also targeted by well-resourced agents, who are terribly dishonest. Still, your post is cartoonish. Denouncing the world as duped by anti-russian propaganda is not evidence or reasoning, yet that’s how you offer it. I’m not even saying anything about Russia. I can’t distinguish your argument from a far-out conspiracy theory.

      …and if they really need to prevent homosexual propaganda, they need to put St Petersburg women in burq’as, because every chick is half bi and that just ain’t fair. and what about TATU? They’re a national treasure!

      dictated but not read,
      Irving R. Suka

  5. This statement cannot hide the true feelings of the Russian government. It’s like when the RCC says that they accept homosexuals but not the act of homosexuality. Accepting a person, but not the behaviour and personality which are integral parts of that person, is not true acceptance. The same goes for this “welcoming of gay people in Sochi”. You welcome them as long as they have to hide who they really are? They are not granted the same rights in the public sphere as everyone else? I would not say that’s a welcoming attitude.

  6. This statement cannot hide the true feelings of the Russian government. It’s like when the RCC says that they accept homosexuals but not the act of homosexuality. Accepting a person, but not the behaviour and personality which are integral parts of that person, is not true acceptance. The same goes for this “welcoming of gay people in Sochi”. You welcome them as long as they have to hide who they really are? They are not granted the same rights in the public sphere as everyone else? I would not say that’s a welcoming attitude.

  7. Oh, and Mickey: The terrible human rights record of the Putin administration is not the result of a western media bias based on a conspiracy of oligarchs. Read the annual Amnesty International reports, or just take a good long look at people like Aleksandr Dugin and similar pals of the Putin team.

  8. I better check with the consulate if I can go goth. It seems transgenderism is considered propaganda.

    That’s the thing about cosmopolitanism. If you want Olympics, you have to celebrate the species as a whole. I hope there’s a Jesse Owens moment where a gay person wins, cuz that would be hella propagandistic.

  9. So, Putin will not tolerate gays in his country (there was a story about a law enacted where you cannot TELL a child that homosexual people exist). BUT, to earn money, they are welcome. Reminds me of the “president” of Iran stating that homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, BUT “no big deal” because “we” have no homosexuals in Iran!! RRRRRIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHTTTTTT (said in the voice of Dr. Evil).

    SSSSSHHHHHHHHH, Putin AND the president of Iran are BOTH gay. SURPRISE!!!! HI—OHHHHHH (said in the voice of Ed McMahon).

    PS. at the risk of telling another “joke” that gets beest666 all angry, in the picture in the OP, is Putin sitting on the lap of the guy behind him? Are they talking about the first thing that pops up?

  10. The guy to his right seems to have his thumb somehow involved. Wait!!!!!! Is that Jim Bakker? This is a snapshot from “Televangelists gone wild!!!”…

    Apologies to all that come here for purely reason reasons! I am low brow and brutish. But, sometimes I am funny.

    • In reply to #19 by crookedshoes:

      BTW, gay people welcome EVERYWHERE and then headlines like this won’t need to exist.

      The Hallmark Company is getting flak for changing “gay apparel” to “fun apparel” on new ornament.

      Hallmark caters to conservative / Norman Rockwell type folks.

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