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Bill Maher Tells Pussy Riot: Vladimir Putin Might Be Gay — VIDEO


Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of  Russian protest group Pussy Riot sat down with Bill Maher last night, Mediaite reports:

The extended conversation, with translation help from Tolokonnikova’s husband Petr Verzilov, touched on a lot of issues, but one particularly funny moment call when Maher asked the group, “What is with the gay hate over there?”

“Vladimir Putin talks a lot about, ‘we’ve got to check the gays,’” Maher continued. “And in my experience, any time somebody talks a lot about how we have to get the gays in line, I mean, it turns out that they’re really gay themselves. I mean, every time I see a picture of Putin, he’s got his shirt off.”

“People think that that might be the case,” Alyokhina said to Maher’s genuine surprise. “So far we haven’t seen his active side of that, in that area.”


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  1. I can see where this is going....soon it will be considered "gay" in America for males to go bare-chested in public.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 12, 2014 8:05:35 PM

  2. It's true. The ones most obsessed with gays are either gay themselves or try to use it to make people think they aren't gay when in actuality they are.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Apr 12, 2014 8:30:56 PM

  3. Don't leave out all the Evangelicals that have an unnatural interest in buttsex, like Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, Bryan Fischer, Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbera and all the rest of their circle jerk buds.

    Posted by: bkmn | Apr 12, 2014 9:04:41 PM

  4. Bill Maher should talk! At age 58, he has never been married.
    On one of his shows, Bill was talking about someone being a closet case. Shortly afterwards, Jon Stewart, in his own witty way, stated that one closet case should not be talking about another closer case, in reference to the whole thing.
    Sometimes Ultra Liberals are the biggest hypocrites of all!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 12, 2014 9:23:28 PM

  5. @ david

    Bill Maher's sexual desires are well publicized public knowledge. He dates black girls and likes prostitute,s as well as swearing he would never marry.

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 12, 2014 10:40:33 PM

  6. Bill is rough liberal trade in my book.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 12, 2014 11:00:17 PM

  7. @MOZ'S And you believe all that?
    Of course Bill isn't gay - but his boyfriends are......

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 12, 2014 11:14:12 PM

  8. Bill Maher is neither gay nor Ultra Liberal. Putin? He is starting to look like a Beverly Hills Housewife after all that Botox, but who knows what floats his Sputnik. Pussy Riot is about the only excellent thing to come out of Russia these days.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 12, 2014 11:31:32 PM

  9. Bill says it like being gay is an insult.

    Posted by: Moretruth | Apr 13, 2014 1:17:08 AM

  10. Well, something like that is often the case, of course...but I hope Maher vetted that question/line of discussion with them before the show. I have a feeling such speculation is the type of thing that can get your friends and loved ones buried in wet concrete, poisoned by polonium, etc. Russia is a corrupt kleptocracy and Putin an evil megalomaniac, whether gay or not.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 13, 2014 1:17:45 AM

  11. LOLOL
    Wish he were but sincerely doubt. BuTT then who really knows but Putin

    Posted by: L G. | Apr 13, 2014 2:28:57 AM

  12. “So far we haven’t seen his active side of that, in that area.”

    Is there another side you've seen and aren't telling?

    Posted by: mike | Apr 13, 2014 4:42:25 AM

  13. Absolutely hate the trend of accusing all the greatest enemies of gay people as being gay themselves. Stop it. The belief that only people who are gay themselves can have a sick hatred for gay people is idiotic and harmful.

    Posted by: JMC | Apr 13, 2014 5:26:01 AM

  14. @ JMC - unfortunately, there are scientific studies that support the idea that the mouthiest homophobes are the ones most likely to become aroused when looking at suggestive pictures of males.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 13, 2014 6:19:48 AM

  15. @ JMC

    a study published in Scientific America tested males & the homophobic group showed 80% of them became aroused when shown gay porn for 4 minutes

    80% of homophobes turned on by gay sex says a ton

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 13, 2014 8:52:46 AM

  16. ps; the study showed only 34% of the non homophobic males became aroused when seeing gay porn

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 13, 2014 8:53:25 AM

  17. Give me Jon Stewart any day.

    Bill Maher sometimes comes across as a "liberal" and an ally, but let's not forget he's also a bit of a nutcase: he's a fervent anti-vaccer.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 13, 2014 9:37:10 AM

  18. While it does seem that people who have a round-the-clock focus on their irrational fear of homosexuality are actually terrified their own sexual feelings, going shirtless has nothing to do with being gay!

    Posted by: GregV | Apr 13, 2014 9:52:01 AM

  19. Alyokhina's right. There have been rumors about Putin, though I find them completely unlikely. They're not coming from gay people.

    And ECHTKULTIG, I wouldn't worry about these girls. Their performance in the cathedral was a) anti Putin (and obscene), and b) pro-gay. So this is nothing new and it's on TV in the West, not in a church in Moscow.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Apr 13, 2014 10:25:25 AM

  20. This lame trend of accusing the most obnoxious homophobes of being gay themselves reminds me of that come-back line used by Pee-Wee Herman:

    "I know you are, but what am I?"

    Posted by: Kieran | Apr 13, 2014 12:21:22 PM

  21. On this site (from the very informative commenters here) I learned that James Franco is gay, Jake Gyllenhaal is gay, all of One Direction is gay, the Oregon baker from Sweet Cakes is secretly gay, Oscar Pistorius is gay... and now Bill Maher is gay, too?

    Posted by: will | Apr 13, 2014 12:48:21 PM

  22. Even when I was younger and had a better body I didn't whip my shirt off at every occasion.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Apr 13, 2014 4:04:35 PM

  23. Fantasizing about the sexuality of a frighteningly hateful and pathologically sick politician is really odd. I hear that from gay male friends regarding Putin all the time, and I used to hear it about Bush Jr! "I know he's a bad man, but he's really sexy!"...I think it's time for gay men to wake up and realize that there is no empowerment in thinking it is weakening for a straight man to be accused of being gay, but first we have to stop acting like nothing matters more than free access to cock. It takes work to have a voice and it is wasted on the dumb, and it is numbingly dumb to use reactive petulance by accepting the idea that Pussy Riot and Bill Maher will have a snicker at the idea that Putin must be a closet case because he does traditionally manly things with his shirt off. It may feel like it's disempowering the "enemy", but instead it just makes the argument stupid and superficial. Go a little deeper. Oh. And I am prepared for the plethora of hateful and condescending responses I might get for saying this. Please go ahead.

    Posted by: Alex N | Apr 13, 2014 4:32:28 PM

  24. "Even when I was younger and had a better body I didn't whip my shirt off at every occasion."

    I think it's more of a European/Russian male thing. I don't think it's a sign Putin might be gay...notice I merely said it's "often the case" that the anti-gay are closet cases...and it often is. I've never thought Putin's brand of homophobia was specifically indicative of being a closet case. More likely cowtowing to Russian clerics who might be, and looking for a convenient scapegoat for Russia's problems. They have a poor fertility rate, among other reasons, because everyone in the country is an alcoholic.

    All of the anti-gay bakers who have refused to serve LGBT customers have a partner of one or ther other sex who gave off a closet case vibe, as is fairly often the case of evangelical couples. And the photographers in AZ - come on - that guy had a serious case of gay face. I happen to know of a "up and coming" southern, female politician...Baptist of course w/husband and kids...who many, many people know was sleeping with women in college. I'm going to wait to see how far she gets before the rumors start, I'm not going to start them.

    I have never said Jake, James, One Direction, etc. were gay. That's a sign of wishful thinking on the part of some.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 13, 2014 4:38:02 PM

  25. Alex, I think your points are valid. I'm just seeing your post now.

    I think what's happening though is suddenly this meme is very "out of the closet" - pun not fully unintended, I must admit. Some gay people have probably realized for years that the anti-gay are often hiding something. Wasn't that one of the manifold plot elements of Remembrance of Things Past? But now, as I mentioned before, you have straight comic Chris Elias saying to a large audience of straight people "If you hate gays, you're gay" and getting an uproarious applause. Once the western straights realized "wow, accepting the gay doesn't magically make me become gay" they also realized there's ultimately little reason for anti-gay animus other than being closeted. Or at least that the anti-gay animus of most right-wing Christians is in a context of almost total hypocrisy, since you don't see any baptist preachers trying to get divorce laws changed, for example. As we know, no social issue has seen such a fast reversal in polling and that's why. Most people are straight...that includes Jake G., alas(!)...and therefore most people realize the only reason they were ever anti-gay is because someone in a position of professional, familial, or clerical authority had told them to be.

    But now that the idea is becoming common currency, of course there's the temptation to mis-apply it. Which is probably the case with Putin. Probably.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 13, 2014 4:51:25 PM

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