Russian Sports Minister tells gays to “calm down,” reiterates threat to jail gay Olympians

Russian Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, who last week threatened to throw gay Olympic athletes and visitors in jail, said yesterday that gays concerned about Russia’s worsening human rights situation should just “calm down.”

Mutko’s “calm down” reminded me of the infamous “joke” from GOP Texas gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams about women being raped: “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”

Mutko then reiterated his threat to throw gay Olympic athletes and guests in jail.

In a press conference with the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, Mutko “clarified” that no one would be thrown in jail, unless of course they are.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, photo by Елена Рыбакова.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, photo by Elena Ribakova.

Mutko’s explanation was priceless:

“I want to ask you to calm down as in addition to this law we have a constitution that guarantees all citizens a private life,” sports minister Vitali Mutko told a news conference.

“It is not intended to deprive people of any religion, race or sexual orientation but to ban the promotion of non-traditional relations among the young generation.

“I was in Sochi yesterday and all the athletes and organizations should be relaxed, their rights will be protected…but of course you have to respect the laws of the country you are in.”

So to clarify, Mutko says to calm down, that no one attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is going to be thrown in jail, unless of course they don’t “respect the laws of the country you are in,” in which case, your Olympic ass is ending up in a gulag.

Thanks for the clarification, Minister.

I particularly enjoyed IAAF President Diack providing cover for Russia’s human rights abuses by admitting that, yes, Olympic athletes and guests will be arrested if they run afoul of Russia’s draconian anti-gay human rights law:

“I don’t feel there is a problem whatsoever,” said the 80-year-old Senegalese.

“There is a law that exists, it has to be respected, we are here for the world championships and have no problem whatsoever and I’m not worried at all.”

Diack isn’t worried at all.  Probably because there’s no danger of Diack saying or doing anything even remotely pro-gay.

And keep in mind what constitutes “pro-gay” under Russian law.  Among other things, acknowledging your same-sex boyfriend or girlfriend in public is now a crime.  So gay Olympians, and guests, must shun their family members during the games, or they will be thrown in jail under Russian law.

One Russian was thrown in jail for wearing rainbow suspenders, under a similar “anti-propaganda” law in St. Petersburg.

As for the “calm down” thing, I wonder if the Russian vigilante group, Occupy Pedophilia, empowered by the climate of hate fed by Russia’s official gay-haters like Mutko and President Putin, tells their gay teenage victims to “calm down” while they’re kidnapping them, beating them, and forcing them to drink urine.

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site. Reports from Russia suggest the boy may now be dead.


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