Gay-bashing, very nice: Classic anti-Soviet Wendy’s ad from 1985 (video)

Now that Russia is fully embracing gay-bashing (both legislative and literal) as a means of diverting public attention from what a disaster the country has become under Vladimir Putin, perhaps it’s time to revisit a classic Wendy’s TV commercial from the era.


I’m curious whether younger people today have any sense of just how nasty the Soviets really were. ┬áThose of us who lived through the era – and visited Soviet Russia during some of its darker years – see what Russia is doing today to gay people, and it chills to the bone.

So, yeah, this Wendy’s ad, below, is petty. ┬áBut if Vladimir Putin wants to turn Russia back into the Soviet Union, then Russia will be treated like the Soviet Union.

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