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Here's Video of Bisexual Gold Medalist Speedskater Ireen Wüst 'Cuddling' Vladimir Putin: WATCH


Yesterday, activist group Queer Nation came down hard on Dutch gold medalist speedskater Ireen Wüst after she gave an interview to Dutch media and expressed excitement about "cuddling" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Said Wüst:

"I got a cuddle from him. He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speedskater) Olga Graf, of course, for her third place (in the 3,000 meters). He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him."

Wrote Queer Nation's Duncan Osborne in a press release:

“The Olympic athletes have said that they will not make political statements during the Games yet that is exactly what Ireen Wust did. By embracing Vladimir Putin, a man who has trampled on the human rights of LGBT Russians, political dissidents, artists, undocumented immigrants, and others in Russia, Wust has endorsed his fascist agenda....LGBT Russians and political dissidents are showing us what courage and commitment look like. Embracing Vladimir Putin is a betrayal of that courage and commitment. Wust should be ashamed of herself. Every athlete in Sochi should understand that the whole world is watching. We cannot make the athletes show the sort of courage that LGBT Russians display, but we will not be silent and we will not forget if the athletes embrace Putin.”

Now, video has emerged of Wüst's 'cuddle' with the Russian leader.


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  1. What do you think? Should Wüst be condemned for this show of affection?

    GEEZ, ANDY, I DUNNO. What a moron.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 12, 2014 10:21:37 AM

  2. I'm reminded of Streisand going to the Kennedy Center Honors and suddenly finding herself being hugged and kissed on the cheek by George W. Bush. Some moments, the brain probably just jams.

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 12, 2014 10:24:00 AM

  3. All that fuss over a little, spontaneous incident like this??!! When she met Putin, what was she supposed to do, pull out a knife and stab him??!! The athlete was simply being polite and professional.
    Queer Nation is making much ado about nothing. What a bunch of sour puss's!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Feb 12, 2014 10:25:13 AM

  4. She's a traitor! It will be used by Putin media in the West to show Putin is not homophobe while at the same time they will continue anti-gay terror in Russia (they ignored that hug btw)

    Posted by: litper | Feb 12, 2014 10:26:07 AM

  5. Yes, she should be condemned. She could have easily extended a hand to shake or nodded or even refused to hug back but she didn't. The lives of other gay people mean sh*t to her as long as she gets the limelight. That attitude is the bane of the gay community: Robert Thomas, Johnny Weir and all those idiots who say "we should turn the other cheek and accept the fact that we will never (or don't deserve) equality (after all, we're gay, hence less-than...). She should be shunned. She is a nobody.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 12, 2014 10:27:32 AM

  6. Ireen Wust is a disgrace to the Netherlands.

    This WILL be used the Russian dictatorship to pretend there is no fascist persecution of the gay community.

    She is an idiot, a quisling and a traitor.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 12, 2014 10:29:04 AM

  7. The Queer Nation statement is the epitome of histrionic.

    If she flat out denied him right then and there she'd probably have been kidnapped and taken to the gulag the next day, really.

    Posted by: Leo | Feb 12, 2014 10:29:06 AM

  8. Oh please. Some guy runs up and hugs her. What's she supposed to do? Smack the murderous dictator of Russia? Yeah, that would end well.

    Yes, the woman is kind of a jerk. But, trying to make this into some horrible act of treachery is excessive. There are far worse people on the planet.

    Posted by: Gerald | Feb 12, 2014 10:30:49 AM

  9. Wust should not be condemned for accepting the congratulations of the President of the host nation. The President of the host nation does this kind of thing in every Olympics. Athletes say thank you for your good wishes. Vladimir Putin will not be changed by this encounter, unless bisexuality is a contagious virus that Wust somehow transferred to him. He may think it is, but we LGBT folks know better.

    Posted by: james | Feb 12, 2014 10:34:31 AM

  10. Of course this will be used a cover. It was a blatant PR stunt.

    Even if she just shook his hand she'd still be criticized. Calm down.

    Posted by: Leo | Feb 12, 2014 10:35:32 AM

  11. That's it?!?! From the hysteria from Professional Gays like the assholes at Queer Nation about this, you'd have thought Wust and Putin had a full-on make out session. He ambushed her with a camera crew, she let him hug her, said some nice things about a Russian athlete and life went on.

    Of course, I'm supposed to be outraged that she later said the word "cuddle" in an interview and didn't bitterly denounce Putin and his policies to his face, but I can't go for that, no can do.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 12, 2014 10:41:55 AM

  12. Let's all remember that Ireen Wust stated before the Olympics that her right to win a medal was more important that the human rights of millions of gay Russians.

    The hug with Putin is clearly coming from a place of deep depravity and selfishness.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 12, 2014 10:43:57 AM

  13. She comes off as a Putin sympathizer. Not so much because of the hug but because of her statement. It appears that the only statement she had in her heart and mind was congratulations for his nation's victory. She seems quite content to look the other way. I hope her future actions wil disspell this appearance. If not she should be considered a sympathizer not that any action should be taken against her but so the LGBT community and allies know where we stand with her: evidently in her blind spot.

    Posted by: Shawn | Feb 12, 2014 10:45:04 AM

  14. Oh, man, look at these histrionics. Yikes.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 12, 2014 10:50:16 AM

  15. 53% of Russiamn want to put her in jail but look she's hugging their leader. She's disgusting!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 12, 2014 11:12:35 AM

  16. Putin thinks that one hug from him and she'll be straight and pro-Russia.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 12, 2014 11:15:26 AM

  17. What if this were Hitler and a Jewish athlete crossing paths. Would we expect that Jewish athlete up "cuddle" Hitler? No, I don't think so.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 12, 2014 11:23:23 AM

  18. Again I keep hearing from these apologists that 'what could she do?' and in essence excusing and accepting her actions as though they were commendable. Do you think Billie Jean King would have done this? Martina Navratilova? Dan Savage? NO! They would have put an arm out and made it clear they wanted no contact with the murderer. But no... she squeals like an idiot and tells the press he "cuddled" her. She is as gutter low as it gets.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 12, 2014 12:22:51 PM

  19. Bisexual women feed into the sense of self-entitlement of straight guys. These women are not glbt-friendly in a general sense.

    Irene Wust is not helping us.

    Posted by: brian | Feb 12, 2014 1:36:18 PM

  20. It's like I said yesterday, the Dutch language has two words that can be translated as hug, embrace, or cuddle.

    I blame all of this on being "Lost in Translation"

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 12, 2014 1:47:39 PM

  21. Right, because she would have done so much justice to our image if she had slapped his face, or something.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 13, 2014 10:13:36 AM

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