Dmitri Kisilev, the anchor of the #1 news show in Russia, Vesti, called on state-controlled Russian television for gays to be forbidden from donating sperm or blood. Kisilev then continued, suggesting, oddly, that if a gay person were to die an a car accident, their heart should be buried, or even better yet, burned.
The imagery brings to mind the old Eastern European tradition of killing vampires by removing and then burning their hearts.
The video is below, and here is the transcript:
“I think that just imposing fines on gays for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of the automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life.”
Note the wild applause in the video, below, from the those in attendance when Herr Kiselev finishes detailing his final kampf.
Kiselev’s comments were regarding Russia’s now-infamous anti-gay “propaganda” law that bans anything perceived as “pro-gay,” including speech and actions (such as kissing, or even wearing rainbow suspenders).
Just to reiterate: Kisilev’s show Vesti runs on Russia 1, the same channel that broadcast his recent hate speech. Russia 1 is part of a larger TV network that is wholly-controlled by the Kremlin (so says the BBC). This wouldn’t happen without Vladmir Putin’s approval.
It was initially unclear whether Mr. Kiselev was suggesting that the hearts of dead, or living, gay accident victims be burned. Someone subsequently contacted me via Twitter and said that it’s clear from the Russia that he’s referring to the hearts of dead gay accident victims.
Then again, not that it really matters. Suggesting that it’s better for someone with congestive heart failure to die rather than accept the heart of a gay person is pretty nasty stuff. And using language that in essence evokes vampires, is just as bad. At its core, Kisilev’s language is dehumanizing. It’s suggesting that gays are genetically different, inferior, and dangerous. It’s the language of a Nazi. Except this Nazis is arguably the most important news voice on Russia television, and his paycheck is paid for by Vladimir Putin.
According to Wikipedia, Russia 1 is the second largest TV network in the country, viewed by 75% of urban Russians. But Vesti, the program Kiselev normally anchors, is the leading news program in Russia, per Wikipedia. So Kislev is a hugely important voice.
Here are the screen grabs from the video, and below is the video itself – you may need to hove your mouse over the closed-caption button in order to get them to appear.
Judging by those photos, the Kisilev doth protest too much, methinks.
I knew I’d seen this guy before (h/t to DDK on Twitter):