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Russian TV Journalist Blames Gays for the Chelyabinsk Meteor Strike Earlier This Year

A well-known Russian TV journalist is taking a page out of the Christian right-wing playbook of blaming natural phenomenon on the gays. RT.com reports:

MamontovIn a reference to the Old Testament story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, famous journalist Arkady Mamontov said on his program that the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite on February 15 in Russia was related to the country's growing gay activity. Mamontov's program 'Special Correspondent' airs on state channel Rossiya 1.

The host called the meteorite a warning "to all of us that we should keep the family tradition, traditional love, or else something else - not only the Chelyabinsk meteorite - will hit us."

The Russian LGBT Network rights group filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office on Thursday. The group accused the show of hate speech, according to group chairman Igor Kochetkov. He said that Mamontov also claimed that gays and lesbians want to "destroy [traditional] Russia."

Mamontov has been on a bit of an anti-gay roll this past week, airing a documentary entitled "Litsedei" (Hypocrites) on Tuesday which detailed the alleged threat from Western countries that are trying to carry out a "gay revolution" in Russia by claiming that homosexuals are being oppressed.

As a result of the anti-gay vitriol, prominent Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev has submitted a request to Moscow authorities to gain permission to stage a protest against Mamontov's show. Knowing Putin's oppositional stance on public 'pro-gay' rallies, however, makes approval seem unlikely.  

[picture via RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok] 

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  1. "Blame the Gays" - This seems to be SOP for crazy Christians worldwide now....

    I expect to see the likes of Patty Robertson and John Hagee blame this weekends tornado outbreaks in Illinois and other states on the Illinois legislature recently voting to pass marriage for same sex couples.

    Posted by: AdamTh | Nov 18, 2013 8:15:30 AM


  2. Sorry Russia. We really meant for it to hit Pat Robertson's house. Guess we need a little more practice.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 18, 2013 8:17:15 AM


  3. The problem with a lot of these absurdly homophobic Russians is that they've had their brains damaged by excessive vodka drinking.

    You can't reason or argue with them.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 18, 2013 8:17:34 AM


  4. Who knew Louie Anderson was Russian?

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Nov 18, 2013 8:22:53 AM


  5. The world is really full of stupids

    Posted by: jjose712 | Nov 18, 2013 8:37:41 AM


  6. Chronic alcoholism among huge percentages of the Russian population has given that backward dump of a country a huge mental illness.

    This 'journalist'Mamontov has all the appearance of a wasteful alcoholic.

    Normally alcoholics deserve sympathy and treatment but drunks like Mamontov deserve scorn and ridicule because of his extremism.

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 18, 2013 8:37:52 AM


  7. What would be surprising is if Russia's journalistic/political group (they are one and the same there) actually chose scientific fact over the opportunity to push their agenda. Never let reality stand in the way of your own progress.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 18, 2013 9:28:00 AM


  8. lol

    Posted by: SeanSean | Nov 18, 2013 9:56:29 AM


  9. Yes because Russia is the first place people think of when you say Sodom and Gomorrah. I know dozens of people who can't wait to go there and get into all sorts of trouble. Gay travel agents are booked let me tell you! Booked to go anywhere besides fcking Russia! Jesus Christ these people are stupid.

    Posted by: zeddy | Nov 18, 2013 10:00:00 AM


  10. Wizard Of Oz house-dropping is good, too. We gay folk are VERY resourceful. We'll get you...my little pretty.

    Posted by: Geoff | Nov 18, 2013 10:02:25 AM


  11. Trust me if "Gays" were actually responsible for the Meteor strike, then one of them would have found its way up this mans' rectum!!!

    Posted by: aj | Nov 18, 2013 10:04:45 AM


  12. I see brains aren't in over-supply among the Right in Russia any more than they are here.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Nov 18, 2013 10:17:07 AM


  13. Do we need anymore proof that the bible is a book of lies. If they can take a act of nature and say it's gods punishment for acceptance of gays rather than it just bring an act of nature, what else are they making up? Any opposition to their claim is labeled blasphemy . And they get away with it.

    Posted by: Edd | Nov 18, 2013 10:35:55 AM


  14. The problem isn't that people like this "reporter" spout lies. The problem is that listeners believe him and act on those lies. Russia and the other anti-gay nations, or cultures, have a long list of their own Matthew Shepherds. We need to publicize these and lay those corpses directly at the doors of liars like Arkady Mamontov, Brian Brown, and the rest. They may not actively commit the crimes, but they incite them.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Nov 18, 2013 10:47:21 AM


  15. This was just the tip of the iceberg. After the story about Sodom and Gomorrah he said the real name of homosexuals isn't "gays," it's "sodomites." In 2013.

    The audience also tore into the American editor of the Moscow Times because he had the temerity to point out that Russia was backwards and primitive when it comes to gay rights. One panelist demanded an apology. A politician on the panel suggested the American should be beaten.

    And the editor of a magazine called Culture said gays don't come from mom and dad. They are created by stylists! Created. By stylists.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 18, 2013 10:59:18 AM


  16. It's also geographically interesting that they claim homosexuality is being imposed from Europe and the US, but the meteorite struck in the Urals!

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 18, 2013 11:01:46 AM


  17. Who's he gonna blame for that hair?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 18, 2013 11:23:29 AM


  18. Drunk Religious Russian sayswhat?

    Posted by: Jenny 0 | Nov 18, 2013 11:54:55 AM


  19. Seriously? Lol. If we could control the fall of rocks from space just by canoodling, don't you think we'd have honed our targeting systems a bit by now?

    Every club night; Oppressive regimes across the planet would know true fear and cower as the paths of innumerate space objects suddenly shifted their trajectories, lured uncontrollably from their billions year long slumbering stroll through the solar system by nothing more than the lustful couplings taking place on Earth.

    Every moment of every shared climax would be made all the sweeter for those so engaged, simply from the knowledge that their shared nocturnal efforts would bring forth a better (if somewhat ashen) world in the morning.

    If this is a superpower we have, we really need to try harder to control it.

    Posted by: phluidik | Nov 18, 2013 12:32:19 PM


  20. It's amazing how many of these idiots think that natural disasters are influenced by homosexuals.

    Hurricane hits Florida? It was the gays!

    Tornado razes Kansas? It was the gays!

    Earthquake in California? It was the gays!

    Stupidity on Earth? Don't blame us - that's all on religious idiots like that guy.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 18, 2013 4:18:07 PM


  21. Unless I've messed it up, you can find the video by searching in Cyrillic:

    Arkady Mamontov - Litsedei
    Аркадия Мамонтова - Лицедеи

    It seems to be on YouTube a few times.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 18, 2013 10:48:33 PM


  22. What's interesting is that the entire broadcast appeared under the Olympic logo.

    Now what does the IOC have to say about that?

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 18, 2013 11:11:17 PM


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