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Fashion Designer Protests Russia's Anti-Gay Laws with Hot Guys and Boxer Shorts: VIDEO


Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx has a Russian protest of his own in the works, featuring a set of boxer shorts and a set of willing models.

Watch his video, AFTER THE JUMP...

He writes: 2_buntinx

I am often on Facebook, as are virtually all young people and I was struck by the short films on the Internet of pestered and hassled young gays in Russia. At first I did not find it so serious that Putin is against homosexuals. That is everyone’s choice. I too do not want to love everyone. I decide for myself what my preferences are and with whom I want to hang around. But on seeing these films I felt sickened and I was disgusted. It is too much. If you do not like the fact that I am homosexual, I can learn to live with it. But to humiliate, attack and torture people is really going too far. I myself was always pestered and hit as a child at school. First as the young son of the teacher and after that because I was the queer of the class, I was the stereotype of a soft gay teenager. I had a barren youth as a result. There were however some people who sided with me and I still know who those people were and I am thankful for it.

Hence this campaign.

I myself have set to work with my graphic designer and I have made 17 patterns of Russian symbols and motifs for the creation of a collection of boxer shorts.

Buntinx says he plans to make a Russian gay calendar with the photos and wants to collaborate with the LGBT organization Cavaria in Brussels.

No word on how sales from his fashion campaign, 'To Russia with Love', will benefit oppressed LGBT people in Russia.

Watch his video, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the underwear expert)

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  1. that blonde's working for free? someone's losing money on that.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Aug 22, 2013 1:18:06 PM

  2. Looks like Andy's couch on a Saturday night.

    Posted by: BE | Aug 22, 2013 1:36:50 PM

  3. I dunno - comes off as if he were promoting Russia itself rather than Russian gays. Now had he placed a strikethrough on each one of those hammer and sickles the viewer would see it more as "No Russia". I don't see a big market in the gay community for Russia symboled boxer shorts. Think again.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 22, 2013 1:44:17 PM

  4. If I wore boxers, I'd order some.

    He's gay and he's making lemonade.

    Posted by: jsb | Aug 22, 2013 1:55:21 PM

  5. I LOVE THEM. Go to the site, there are tons of beautiful designs. Problems:



    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 22, 2013 2:00:35 PM

  6. Nice idea. But 1) I hate wearing boxers; and 2) I'd never pay a hundred bucks for even the most wonderful underwear in the world. Laugh laugh laugh price point - - but sweet idea, and I like the hammer and sickle icon in rainbow colors. If the hundred dollar boxers are delivered by Blondie in the photo shoot, I might reconsider both 1 and 2.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 22, 2013 2:34:29 PM

  7. I don't understand how this is beneficial and not exploitative of what's occurring in Russia. Is any of the money actually going to help GLBT Russians? There's no mention of that... so I only see this as a for profit gimmick.

    Posted by: Rick in Cincinnati | Aug 22, 2013 2:52:20 PM

  8. Those boxer shorts are ugly. So, terribly designed.

    And apparently, he never wants to design for women again with that comment.

    Posted by: Stenar | Aug 22, 2013 3:28:55 PM

  9. Why the hammer & sickle? Russia isn't Soviet Russia anymore.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Aug 22, 2013 3:55:29 PM

  10. I find it sweet

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Aug 22, 2013 4:24:04 PM

  11. I'll stick with my fruit of the looms and hanes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 22, 2013 4:40:10 PM

  12. UNLESS THERE IS A STATEMENT THAT A SHARE OF THE PROFIT WILL GO TO RUSSIAN LGBT GROUPS - NO SALE! Making money off the misery of others should not be supported.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 22, 2013 5:02:07 PM

  13. It's a scene from the next Bel Ami video- "Hot Times at the Kremlim"

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 22, 2013 6:12:26 PM

  14. I agree with Joe -- where are the profits going?

    Posted by: TimD | Aug 22, 2013 6:56:29 PM

  15. He's laughing all the way to the bank while drinking Stoli.

    Posted by: bollox | Aug 22, 2013 7:07:43 PM

  16. Boxers are a good place to show off color and design. I have them from everywhere. Briefs are too confining.

    Posted by: BE | Aug 22, 2013 7:29:27 PM

  17. I guess that I am a hopeless horn dog. I got a boner watching that. The blond had the right idea, I would have had my head on that guys shoulder too.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2013 7:56:36 PM

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