Argentina Mocks Russian Gay Propaganda Law With Raunchy World Cup Ad
An Argentinian sports television channel has drawn attention to Russia’s controversial gay propaganda law with a bawdy ad as Moscow prepares to host the opening of the World Cup next month.
Russia introduced legislation banning the promotion of “non-traditional relationships to children” in 2013 with fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($1,600). Despite the ban, Russian football officials vowed to allow spectators at the June-July championship in Russia to fly rainbow LGBT flags, taking a page from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“Mr. Putin, if love among men is a disease for you, then we are very sick. And you know what? It’s contagious,” says the voiceover in a commercial released by the TyC Sports channel Thursday, addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There’s nothing more exciting than to see a bunch of men jumping naked in the locker room,” the voiceover of the commercial is heard saying, featuring images of Putin, a streaker, screaming fans and Argentine football legends Maradona and Messi.
The ad was pulled from YouTube and Twitter hours after LGBT advocates criticized it for insensitivity and homophobia, Newsweek magazine reported.
“The channel wanted to describe the unrivaled passion of the Argentinians for football, but the idea was not developed in the best way,” wrote the local Diario Popular newspaper.
Below is written information about our project. This initiative is very important for us and is needed for the country.
We created a team of LGBT football players. As part of the coach, the local population and refugees.
- helps to increase the popularity of sport in the region,
- helps to preserve the health of the LGBT social group,
- helps the development of communication between LGBT refugees and local population,
- change of life priorities from depressed state to sports and health,
- increase the interest and participation in social life of the Netherlands.
- football team’s participation in international competitions,
- attracting larger number of asylum seekers for participation.
If you want to participate in the game or help us with money, you can write a letter by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the coach for the photos from the personal archive.
On Monday, April 23rd, RUSA’ brave friends, the immigrants from Chechnya, had held the action in Haag, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium.
People were protesting in front of the Russian Consulate. The day was picked not by accident as this was a birthday of the missing Chechen singer, Zelim Bakaev.
The organizers of the event are friends of Zelim, who don’t lose a hope and believe that Zelim might be alive.
The action has also called Russia to open up the transparetn investigation on Zelim’s disappearance last August.
RUSA supports our Chechen friends in Netherlands, France, and Belgium!
P.S. this Saturday, April 28th, join the action, which is organized by Voices4 in partnership with RUSA LGBT, aimed TO STAGE A DEMONSTRATION TO DEMANDING ACTION AROUND THE QUEER PURGES IN CHECHNYA ONE YEAR AFTER NEWS OF THE VIOLENCE BROKE.
12 pm, Columbus Circle, USA