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Formula One's Bernie Ecclestone 'Completely Agrees' with Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO

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Bernie Ecclestone, the President and CEO of Formula One Management, often referred to as 'F1 Supremo' by tabloids, tells CNN that he support Russian President Vladimir Putin and his anti-gay law.

EcclestoneSaid Ecclestone:

"He [Putin] hasn't said he doesn't agree [with homosexuality], just that he doesn't want these things publicised to an audience under the age of 18. I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well. I've great admiration for him and his courage to say what he says. It may upset a few people but that's how the world is. It's how he sees the world and I think he's completely right."

Ecclestone's remarks come in advance of the first Russian Grand Prix, set to take place on the streets of Sochi in October.

Listen to his remarks in a CNN report, AFTER THE JUMP...

LotusIn February, Formula One team Lotus was forced to apologize after publishing a tweet that featured two men kissing with the message: "Ahead of the opening ceremony, we would like to wish all athletes a successful 2014 Olympic Winter Games #Sochi2014"

According to the BBC, "The Lotus F1 tweet upset top management and shareholders of the team, who are owned by the investment group Genii Capital, because it was causing problems for their business."

Formula One has a bit of a poor reputation in this area. It was involved in a lawsuit in 2009 in which it was accused of homophobia and racism by an employee who said he was fired for being gay.

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  1. What F1 sponsors will say about that?

    Posted by: litper | Feb 21, 2014 8:38:46 AM


  2. What's his opinion on Miley Cyrus?

    Posted by: Qj201 | Feb 21, 2014 8:55:12 AM


  3. Another rich white straight dumbass who doesn't know wtf he is talking about. Would love to see his skeletons come out of the closet though, I'm sure we would find all kinds of putrid info on him.

    Posted by: Monsieur V | Feb 21, 2014 8:55:26 AM


  4. Sounds like Bernie and the good ol' boys have been sniffing the gas fumes, and brain rot has set in. Let 'em eat exxon!

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Feb 21, 2014 9:12:16 AM


  5. Clueless.
    No loss for me but my Grandma who loves me best is a Formula 1 fan and would totally kick Ecclestone's ass if she read this.

    And that 90% quote?
    Seriously dude. Hope you're not using that same source for information on car design cause it's totally full of shite.

    Support for LGBT equality worldwide is about 70%.

    Posted by: JASPER | Feb 21, 2014 9:12:48 AM


  6. A Fascist admires another Fascist. Huge surprise.

    Posted by: David | Feb 21, 2014 9:30:23 AM


  7. They're everywhere, they're everywhere, I tell you. Homophobes are everywhere, a real world wide phenomenon. Which means stupidity and ignorance know no bounds among the world's populace. Ecclestone and Putin can kiss each other's ass all day long while inhaling Formula One's putrid fumes. It can't make them any more absurd than they are today.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 21, 2014 9:30:26 AM


  8. Don't let the children know that gay people are tortured and killed for being gay. Please ensure that children never find out how much they hate us.

    Posted by: ggrr | Feb 21, 2014 9:40:30 AM


  9. Nazi maggot

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 21, 2014 9:53:29 AM


  10. "It may upset a few people..."

    The word missing in that sentence is "million," as in, "It may upset a few million people."

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 21, 2014 10:10:20 AM


  11. This is par for the course for bernie. When asked about women in F1 he said they should all where white, like other kitchen appliances.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2014 10:12:56 AM


  12. Another ignorant piece of ....(insert favorite word for excrement here).

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Feb 21, 2014 10:34:47 AM


  13. @Andrew: that response proves what a man's man he is. Being gay, I thought that all kitchen appliances are the grey tone of stainless steel.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 21, 2014 10:39:08 AM


  14. Another reason to be happy F1 continually FAILS in America. IndyCar and NASCAR dominate our market, F1 is crap.

    Posted by: reality | Feb 21, 2014 12:18:19 PM


  15. In the US a law like that in Russia would be instantly struck down in Federal court, even in states where a majority of the population opposes it. The Bill of Rights is meant to protect people in the minority from the actions of the majority. The freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution protects the right of people to say things even if most people don't agree with the ideas being expressed. I am surprised that Russia doesn't have something similar guaranteed in their Constitution.

    Every time some yahoo says that the US should have laws like the gay propaganda law in Russia they should be asked "It is often said that people may not agree with what you are saying, but I would lay down their life to protect your right to say it. So you would agree with that sentiment except on the issue of gay rights?"

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 21, 2014 12:52:54 PM


  16. Oh, he's been an ass for years. Lots of coddling dictators in Asia and the Mid-East too, trying to get sponsorships for races there.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 21, 2014 1:54:49 PM


  17. This is good. It will keep the focus on Sochi and Russia going forward after the Olympics.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 21, 2014 2:53:03 PM


  18. He's had a long standing reputation as a mega-d0uche. No surprise. He's kind of the anti-Branson in a way. He's the son of a fisherman, while Branson was the son of barrister and grandson of a privy councillor. Branson is of course pro-gay marriage. Gotta love the british class system.


    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 21, 2014 6:37:06 PM


  19. Of course, every time one of this guy's wives attains a certain age, he divorces her for a new one a generation younger. (Last year he got his latest wife who's 47 years younger than he is.) What a wonderful model of commitment to marriage vows these anti-gay types are to the kids.

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 21, 2014 9:52:50 PM


  20. Personally, I don't recall asking for his opinion, so he has my blessing to STFU.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 21, 2014 10:29:09 PM


  21. He looks like he farts dust.

    Posted by: Armando | Feb 23, 2014 12:10:40 AM


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