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Russian TV Official Dehumanizes Gays On Popular News Program: VIDEO

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Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Dmitri Kisilev recently dehumanized gays on a popular, government-run television program broadcast by the state-owned network Rossiya 1.

His translated comments state, "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."

The audience applauded after Kisilev's comments.

The New Civil Rights Movement adds that Vesti — the show where Kisilev delivered his comments — is "Rossiya 1′s top news show — which airs all across Russia every two hours," and that Kisilev has served as Deputy General Director of state broadcasting since 2008.

Regarding Rossiya 1, the BBC notes: "Russian TV is dominated by channels that are either run directly by the state or owned by companies with close links to the Kremlin. The government controls Channel One and Russia One - two of the three main federal channels… TV is the main news source for most Russians… Russia is a regular target for criticism and condemnation from media freedom watchdogs."

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  1. My best friend is Russian and lesbian with family in Russia. She says the anti gay propaganda in Russia recently has been so bad that essentially every media outlets spends a good portion of their segments telling viewers that gays are the enemy and are going to attempt to kill their children and all kinds of nonsense.

    My lesbian Russian friend said even her family who used to be open minded to her being gay are now seriously homophobic and she blames it on a culture shift and media, making citizens paranoid and homophobic. It's REALLY really ugly there.

    Posted by: Jillian | Aug 12, 2013 9:22:11 AM


  2. I honestly fear for the safety of LGBT athletes. I read somewhere that there are anti gay gangs in Russia and it's all so chilling.

    Posted by: Dean | Aug 12, 2013 9:22:47 AM


  3. There have been debates about the vodka boycott as far as how much Russia owns it. Well, the one thing to boycott that is right there in front of every one is RT NEWS. Of course I stopped watching it a long time ago,and reading it. Don't get it on cable where I am but as far as the net, don't click on an RT link, or watch their videos. That simple. That is where you hit them. This "news" channel is funded by the Kremlin and lots of money is into it. Also one must think this, if Putin kicks out NGO's for meddling as he calls it, RT News is an NGO by Putin here. Think about that for one minute and the hypocritical light this shows Putin, the Kremlin, and this horrible "news" show which is not news at all. It's an NGO funded by Putin. It does not report anything at all just anti western dribble that does not really help anything . Boycott it don't watch it and if you are in doubts research about this channel. RT is an NGO funded by Putin who in does not want NGOs in his country yet, pays to have RT in this country and other western countries. Ponder that one for a minute it shows Putin's child like mental state. "You can't do it to me but I can do it to you" Why we allow that garbage here is beyond me. RT is not in our best interests as Americans or anyone from the West.

    Posted by: Don't watch RT news | Aug 12, 2013 9:51:58 AM


  4. Somehow the part about putting a stake in dead gay hearts before burning was overlooked.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Aug 12, 2013 10:04:06 AM


  5. Russians are wretches, a miserable and degenerate people.

    Remember, many of those now in power grew up under the old Soviet system, which replaced the rule of the Romanovs but kept the excesses of paranoia and distrust that marked the ancien regime.

    Russia is a society firmly rooted in a culture of alcoholism and xenophobia. The Russian Orthodox Church, once relegated to the dark fringes of Russian life during the Soviet regime, has surged back into the center of Russian civil society.

    Unfortunately, it has also retaken its place as the arbiter of Russian morals. Considering that the Church willingly participated in the violent oppression of the Romanov Tsars and the more subtle but sinister psychological suppression of the Soviets, its resurgence and resumption of its vile homophobic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic influence is disturbing and certainly to even further regress Russian social attitudes.

    Regardless, within the next few years, it is most certainly to become the first of western-influenced societies to impose the death penalty on LGBT people.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 12, 2013 10:24:52 AM


  6. Mike, I've been thinking about that issue, too -- why the Russian laws have made international headlines while far more draconian laws in Africa and the Middle East have not.

    I don't think it's necessarily because the victims here are white compared to black or brown, but because of a number of other elements:

    1. Russia has had a longer history with the West and is considered to be a European country, though it spans 2 continents; part of that history is as a "civilized" culture that has produced much of the world's most beloved art, literature and music, including that created by gay men such as Tchaikovsky and Gogol.

    2. The fact that the Olympics are taking place in Russia has definitely shined a light on these issues -- the comparisons to Nazi Germany in 1936 are, for once, sadly apt.

    3. Finally, I think gay activists in the United States are starting to look outside our own country; the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Supreme Court rulings in favor of marriage equality have allowed us to realize that ultimate victory in the U.S. is soon within reach, so that we can look to making a change around the world.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Posted by: Joseph2 | Aug 12, 2013 10:27:52 AM


  7. Mike, I've been thinking about that issue, too -- why the Russian laws have made international headlines while far more draconian laws in Africa and the Middle East have not.

    I don't think it's necessarily because the victims here are white compared to black or brown, but because of a number of other elements:

    1. Russia has had a longer history with the West and is considered to be a European country, though it spans 2 continents; part of that history is as a "civilized" culture that has produced much of the world's most beloved art, literature and music, including that created by gay men such as Tchaikovsky and Gogol.

    2. The fact that the Olympics are taking place in Russia has definitely shined a light on these issues -- the comparisons to Nazi Germany in 1936 are, for once, sadly apt.

    3. Finally, I think gay activists in the United States are starting to look outside our own country; the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Supreme Court rulings in favor of marriage equality have allowed us to realize that ultimate victory in the U.S. is soon within reach, so that we can look to making a change around the world.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Posted by: Joseph2 | Aug 12, 2013 10:27:52 AM


  8. @Wolfgang The original program was a debate about history and the present: Soviet anti-gay laws and modern Russian anti-gay laws.

    Kiselev (anti-gay) vs Nikolai Svanidze, who does historical programs on TV. Each side also has a few witnesses, and Kiselev had a priest. Svanidze points out that the law is very vague, but it points the finger at gay people as scapegoats. At the end the audience votes for who they think won. The score was about 7000 (pro gay) to 35,000 anti-gay.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 12, 2013 10:40:53 AM


  9. It's rather sad to see a debate in which intelligent and civilized people are trampled by a bunch of bigoted idiots who triumph at the end.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 12, 2013 10:48:45 AM


  10. Even the most successful Russian is on the same educational level as a Ugandan witch doctor.

    Posted by: Kev C | Aug 12, 2013 2:25:16 PM


  11. "Is it because gay Russians are white?" - MIke

    I don't think they even care if you're white: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236576/

    Posted by: nob8 | Aug 12, 2013 8:30:41 PM


  12. "Is it because gay Russians are white?" - MIke

    If you're gay, I don't think they'd even care if you're white: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236576/

    Posted by: nob8 | Aug 12, 2013 8:32:40 PM


  13. Your hollow words and trivial actions mean nothing. This is Russian anti-gay power. We are powerless. Like another planet, this is another country. Steer clear of the Olympic issue. Do we really want WWIII triggered over gay sex? People will die if some idiot makes a wrong move.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 12, 2013 10:44:22 PM


  14. Nothin' but a bunch of Godless, commie pinkos. Never will drink Russian vodka again. I WILL NOT watch the Olympic games if held in Russia, and I will actively boycott any and all American companies who support this hate-driven nation. Listen up, sponsors...don't waste your ad $$$ on something no one will see. BOYCOTT!

    Posted by: millerbeach | Aug 13, 2013 2:27:26 AM


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