Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko today compared gays to drunks and drug addicts, in attempt to allay concerns about the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia.
Mutko was responding to growing international opposition to Russia’s draconian new anti-gay “propaganda” law. The law could possibly used to throw Olympic athletes, visitors and media in jail for the simple act of wearing a rainbow pin, or even holding their legally-wed spouse’s hand in public.
As usual, Mutko made an even bigger mess of things. (Mutko isn’t exactly the brightest member of Putin’s cabinet.)
“We want to protect our young generation, whose psyche has not been formed,” Mutko said at Luzhniki Stadium on the last day of the championships, which began August 10. “We want to protect them against the propaganda of drunkenness, drugs and non-traditional sexual relations. When they grow up and become adults, they have to define what they want for themselves.”
Mutko of course said nothing to contradict his earlier declaration, and a declaration from the Russian Interior Ministry, that athletes, guest and media attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February.
So the law is still on the books, and it will still threaten gay, and gay-friendly, Olympic athletes, guests and media with jail time should they do anything that Mr. Mutko considers too gay friendly.
So, please keep talking Minister Mutko. You truly are the gift that keeps on giving.