Russian Sports Minister compares gays to drunks, drug users

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.)

Via RIA-Novosti:

“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.”

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, photo by Елена Рыбакова.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, photo by Елена Рыбакова.

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.


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20 Responses to “Russian Sports Minister compares gays to drunks, drug users”

  1. Manuel Rodriguez says:

    “World opinion may not have swayed the Russians to end their
    discrimination against their gay citizens, but it appears it has had an
    effect in Armenia. Yesterday the national police withdrew the bill they
    had submitted that would have banned any public endorsement of
    “non-traditional sexual relationships
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  2. FLL says:

    The summary executions, arrests and imprisonment of dissidents under Lenin was well documented, and no, those dissidents weren’t “foreign invaders.” So you’ll never get that system here in the U.S., as much as you might want to. What’s your second best option to cause people suffering (which is all you want to see)? The Tea Party Republicans, of course. But don’t flatter yourself. Nobody listens to you when you tell progressives not to vote at election so your Republican buddies can win.

  3. Bill_Perdue says:

    Another excellent, if repetitive and boring summary of the CIA cold war line. Either of the Dulles brothers couldn’t have done better.

    The Cheka was an instrument to defend the 1917 revolution and it was corrupted by the Stalinists.

    The gulags are gone. The gulags held huge numbers of bolsheviks and Red Army soldiers who objected to Stalins right turn. The gulag system was abolished in the 1950’s and 60’s during Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin. There are still prisons in Russia but they civil, not political prisons, and they have 874,161 prisoners compared to US prisons where racist drug laws, a new form of slavery and Jim Crow, swell the prison population to an astounding 2,193,798. The US and it’s satellite states are the only countries in the world who operate concentration camps like Baghram and Guantanamo.

    Denial of the soon to be completed US police state is expected from the two parties that administer it.

    When you call me scum for supporting the democratic and socialist goals 1917 revolution and you’ll be the same camp as Stalin, Yeltsin and Putin, as well as the Dulles brother and the Nazis.

  4. FLL says:

    Nothing that you’ve said disproves the fact that we are free to state our opinions on this blog, but if we lived in Russia, most of us would be charged with breaking the current Russian law meant to stifle free speech regarding civil rights. That tradition of censorship was certainly set in 1917 by Lenin’s creation of the Checka, the first of the Soviet state security organizations through which thousands of dissidents, deserters, or other people were arrested, tortured or executed by various Cheka groups. Obviously, Lenin and his Bolsheviks were not big on freedom of speech. You may yearn for the type of totalitarian government here in the U.S., but it’s a pipe dream. Without freedom of speech, a country cannot develop. Virtually everyone in this country understands that. You are almost alone in your opinion. Yes, you can hold up Lenin’s dictatorship as an ideal, but good luck being a laughing stock.

  5. Hue-Man says:

    “World opinion may not have swayed the Russians to end their discrimination against their gay citizens, but it appears it has had an effect in Armenia. Yesterday the national police withdrew the bill they had submitted that would have banned any public endorsement of “non-traditional sexual relationships”.” http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/public-disgust-with-russia-scores-an-unexpected-gay-rights-victory/news/2013/08/16/73313 (saw this on ThinkProgress LGBT)

    Early on, I supported the Russian boycott suggesting that it would be a pre-emptive strike against similar gay-hating legislation in Former Eastern Bloc countries. I didn’t expect my prediction to be fulfilled so quickly – this is great news for Armenian LGBT and for LGBT community generally because it shows that the message is getting through.

  6. Butch1 says:

    Those who constantly obsess about it tend to project some of their own problems. I wonder how much this fool has a problem with the drink or if he has ever been involved with drugs? My bet is a yes answer to both.

  7. caphillprof says:

    Why don’t we start referring to this man as Vitaly Santorum?

  8. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I wonder how they factor in the emotional side of things. I guess they just deny that we can feel love for someone of the same sex.

  9. It’s a common notion among people who are closet cases, IMHO. Who else thinks being gay is some uncontrollable urge that perhaps we’re all potentially subject too, if we abuse the pleasure too much? Hello? :)

  10. Bill_Perdue says:

    However things turn out we can begin by boycotting the IOC’s key sponsors, beginning with the homophobes who run NBC/Comcast/MSNBC and by working with our Russian brothers and sisters at http://www.gayrussia.eu/.

  11. FunMe says:

    ENOUGH talking. What can be bought to end the winter Olympics in Russia now? Basically end Russia’s HATE and tolerate that country. Acceptance for the country for Russia will not change until they change their hate and intolerance. Good buy with an time with Russian during their hate in the Winter Olympics period!

  12. Bill_Perdue says:

    A few day ago gaius publius did an essay on the NSAs internal spying using telephonic and internet communications. It highlighted one aspect of the growth of Democrat/Republican police state. Other aspects include the use of torture of people like Brad Manning, the widespread use of kidnapping and murder by the last three presidents, passage of NDAA, the creation of mercenary armies and Obama’s racist orders to murder people from Libya to Pakistan and even to murder US citizens like Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed.

    One of the most insidious aspects of the creation of the American police state is the CIA and FBI’s use of disinformation, the American version of Newspeak, which, at the height of the cold war described Russians as backward, insensitive and uneducated. That was the chauvinist garbage that we see echoes of today. In addition Democrats and Republicans chimed in to deny the central importance of the Russian Revolution of 1917. For the first time in history workers came to power and established a democratically run economy and government. It was short lived because the so many of the Bolsheviks were killed defending the revolution and because the dislocations of the war and the invasions by the US, England, Japan and France caused further economic destruction and misery, as they were intended to.

    The USSR was betrayed by the Stalinists feeding off the defeat of the Bolsheviks beginning in the late 1920s and it was ultimately betrayed by right wing scum like Yeltsin, Putin and Gorbachev 70 or so years later. Honest leftists mourned it’s demise at the hands of Stalinists while rightists chortled.

    Gore Vidal accurately described the US political system as a single party system. “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” And now that one party system is building a police state.

  13. I just hope all this Christian inspired anti-Gay hate will finally put to rest the cockamamie argument that the rightwing religious idiots toss out about how Russian is such a godless commie nation. I wish. Enjoy.

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    “We want to protect against
    drunkenness,” said Mutko as he swilled vodka from a teacup. Next week,
    he’ll start talking about man on dog sex and how gays have destroyed
    Russian marriages and religion. He’s Russia’s answer to frothy. And
    what is his background to say that the psyche has not been formed?
    Russians have no psyche till they reach adulthood? Amazing. Maybe
    that’s why they can easily act out as vigilante thugs.

  15. Monoceros Forth says:

    The “same-sex attraction is equivalent to alcoholism” notion is a common one, is it not? It’s the closest that your typical right-wing Jesus freak will come to admitting that maybe, just maybe, attraction between two persons of the same sex might actually be an innate characteristic and not entirely a willfully chosen and deliberate sin. The argument goes something like, “Yes, I concede that the homosexual individual feels an involuntary attraction toward a person of the same sex. But that’s just like an alcoholic’s compulsion to drink. He may not be able to rid himself of the compulsion but nevertheless it’s wrong for him to act on it just as it’s wrong for an alcoholic to continue drinking.” You have to admit, it’s a clever sort of argument, just one that I’m used to seeing from ex-gay ministers and not top officials of one of the world’s great nations.

  16. Tim says:

    I have an idea which I think may help fight Russian’s antigay policies. Dan Savage had a campaign to define Santorum, which was brilliant. What if we do the same thing with say the Russian Flag, make it a symbol for gay rights then anyone in Russia who flies the flag would be in violation of the anti-prop law. Either they reconsider the law or ban their flag and if they persist then we take another of their symbols and make it a symbol for gay rights as well.

  17. PeteWa says:

    it seems strange if you don’t share their insanity, but haters just can’t help themselves, their hate has to come out and prance around.

  18. bkmn says:

    Does anyone else smell some bully posturing?

    This man needs a dose of his own medicine, and spread more of that around to Vladi Putin too.

  19. FLL says:

    As much as Mr. Mutko might object to my saying so, I don’t think the Russian national psyche has yet been formed because Russia has virtually no experience in democratic governance. Only the following:

    (1) 1,000 years of autocratic government. By 1917, Russia was only 56 years removed from feudal serfdom, putting Russia about 500 years behind Western Europe politically and socially.
    (2) Starting in 1917, 75 years of totalitarian one-party dictatorship, which only postponed political and social development for… you guessed it, 75 years.
    (3) A chaotic period of kleptocracy in the 1990s and early 2000s during which Communist Party officials privatized wealth directly into their own pockets.

    So Mr. Mutko doesn’t think the young generation’s psyche has been formed. He should be more concerned with the Russian nation’s psyche finally being formed through a democracy with constitutional rights, the first and foremost being the right of free speech… which is why it’s the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

  20. Thom Allen says:

    “We want to protect against drunkenness,” said Mutko as he swilled vodka from a teacup. Next week, he’ll start talking about man on dog sex and how gays have destroyed Russian marriages and religion. He’s Russia’s answer to frothy. And what is his background to say that the psyche has not been formed? Russians have no psyche till they reach adulthood? Amazing. Maybe that’s why they can easily act out as vigilante thugs.

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