Germany Fires Back at Belarussian President Lukashenko After Attack on Gay Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

Over the weekend Brandon reported on the latest homophobic remarks from Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus. Lukashenko attacked German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's sexuality after a European Union censure during which Westerwelle referred to Lukashenko as a dictator.

LukashenkoSaid Lukashenko: "Better to be a dictator than gay."

Now, Germany is firing back, Reuters reports:

Said Foreign Office spokesman Andreas Peschke: "Unfortunately, these comments speak for themselves. They say a lot about the mind-set of the person making them."

Added German government spokesman Steffen Seibert: "Unfortunately (Lukaschenko's comment) shows very clearly the position that the Belarussian president takes in relation to basic rights. It's interesting to find out this way that Mr Lukashenko too now classes himself as a dictator…That by the way is a view that the federal government reached some time ago and on which the Belarussian president delivers proof almost daily"

It is not the first time Lukashenko has directed anti-gay ire at Westerwelle. Last year, he told reporters he dislikes "faggots" as he confirmed to them that he told Westerwelle that he needed "to live a normal life."


  1. Robert in NYC says

    Isn’t it revealing why the majority of anti gay zealots are right wingers, no matter in which country they live?

  2. Peter says

    Yes, he even looks like a Slavic Hitler. In 1933 it was VERBOTEN to say anything against someone like this so now they enjoy it.

  3. says

    There was a day and age when I would want to rage against people like this, but now I just feel sad for them. Bigotry is such an ugly, useless and ultimately destructive emotion.

    Bigots should be fought, of course, but instead of returning the hate, give them our pity (and don’t feel bad about that — if anything, that will only piss them off more… because they want us to hate them; hate is all they understand).

    We will win in the end and history will remember them for what they are; spiteful, small-minded tools who are more concerned about what people do in their beds than the real causes of our day.

    Our climates and oceans are dying, our world is living on a fuel that’s on borrowed time and doing almost nothing about it, cancer and diseases rage as ever, people are still hungry, poverty is growing and our economies are falling apart… and these people are spending more time obsessing over where we, teh gays, poke our poles.

  4. uffda says

    Wow, this guy needs to be given a few feet of tent pole. As for his ugly expression, it’s nice to just be able to laugh at him, though pity Belarussia.

  5. ratbastard says

    What is up with these former communist eastern European countries? Don’t say it’s about the reemergence of the Orthodox Church, because the situation under Communism was also bad.

  6. AG says

    Isn’t it revealing why the majority of anti gay zealots are right wingers, no matter in which country they live?

    No. Cause Lukashenko ain’t no right-winger. He’s much closer to a Soviet communist than anything else, in other words he’s a genuine left-winger. But, Robert, your comment is quite revealing nonetheless. Only about a parochial, not very informed worldview of US left-wingers.

  7. MateoM says

    Lukashenko is like that bitter self-loathing creep in high school, who picks on guys like Westerwelle because they’re brave enough to be honest about their sexuality.

  8. Derek Pearce says

    AG, virtually all the dictators of Eastern Europe have swung from far left (Warsaw Pact communists) to far right (authoritarian fascists). They exhibit a corporatism/kleptocracy that is very much like the National Socialists– who weren’t left wing.

  9. Steve says

    Think of the political spectrum as a circle. When you swing to one extreme you end up at the other. There is really not much difference between the totalitarian left and the totalitarian right

  10. says

    In addition, Belarus is one of the few countries in the world where the native language has been suppressed in favor of another. The native language is Belarusian, but most people speak Russian in their day-to-day life, the government doesn’t encourage the use of Belarusian as much as it used to, and Aliaksandr Lukashenka has sought closer ties with (and perhaps unification with) Mother Russia. Oh, and as a leftie myself, I am horrified that this guy is considered a leftie too.