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Russian Government Warns TV Station After It Airs Gay Film 'Les Chansons D'Amour': VIDEO


A popular television station in Russia has been warned by the government after it aired a gay-themed French film, Radio Free Europe reports:

Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media announced on September 12 that it had warned the EvroKino television channel for airing the 2007 French musical "Les Chansons d'Amour" (Love Songs). The agency said the film contains "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations."

The film was directed by Christophe Honore and stars Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, and Chiara Mastroianni. It was one of 20 films selected for the main competition at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival and won France's Cesar national film award in 2008.

Watch a clip from the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clip via buzzfeed)

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  1. Russia has become a fascist state and we should never tire of telling it so.

    Perhaps Tony Perkins of Family Research Council could do all the 'research' he wants over there......I'm sure he'd be happier.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 13, 2013 7:59:28 AM

  2. Les Chansons d'Amour is one of my favorite movies -- and this clip shows its climactic scene.

    It's ending --

    is even more beautiful -- particularly the last line.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 13, 2013 8:38:31 AM

  3. Russian TV really should check out my blog before deciding on the ONE gay-themed film to air. Why this film?

    Posted by: Reel Charlie | Sep 13, 2013 8:50:11 AM

  4. Sweet !
    I loved it !
    Now I will buy the movie.
    F U Putin.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 13, 2013 9:10:04 AM

  5. Les chansons d''amor one of my all time favorite films along with beautiful thing, five dances, and the weekend.... It's on instant view on Netflix right now , oh Russia get rid of Putin already.

    Posted by: Billy | Sep 13, 2013 9:18:53 AM

  6. @JackFknTwist - Russia has ALWAYS been a fascist state: from the Czarist era to the Soviet era to what they have now, the country has always been run by a very small, very privileged aristocracy that never shied away from using bigotry and hate to placate the population and keep themselves in power.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 13, 2013 9:19:48 AM

  7. Russia is a brutal, cold and uncaring place. I will NEVER respect that nation. I guess Johnny Weir also sent a letter to the TV station warning them to "Hey you guys, like you totally should not have done that. Pretty please censor all the gay. k! :D xoxo Johnny"

    Posted by: okdokey | Sep 13, 2013 9:21:46 AM

  8. First I thought it was "Un chant d'amour". Probably they have to burn all the books by Genet in Russia.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 13, 2013 2:13:59 PM

  9. Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" is also "non-traditional". Probably a few of the novels by Russia authors also belong to that category.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 13, 2013 2:31:06 PM


    I am in total agreement; and the place is dominated by a rigid bigoted Orthodox Church still living in the middle ages.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 13, 2013 5:48:19 PM

  11. That's definitely one of my favorite gay-themed films. So beautiful.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 13, 2013 5:49:03 PM

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