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'Very Liberal' Vladimir Putin Attacks Conchita Wurst

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Joining the revered company of religious wingnuts and reactionary politicians, Russian President Vladimir Putin is piling more hate onto Conchita Wurst for winning Eurovision 2014. Said Putin at a dinner in St. Petersburg:

The Bible talks about the two genders, man and woman, and the main purpose of union between them is to produce children. For us it is important to reaffirm traditional values.... I personally am very liberal (on matters of personal morality). People have the right to live their lives the way they want. But they should not be aggressive, or put it up for show.

It's a standard variation of the tired "stop rubbing it in our faces" argument, but the buried lede here is that Putin views himself as "very liberal." One has to wonder what qualifies as liberal in the mind of a man who compares gays to Nazis.

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  1. Honestly, all these people are so opinionated when it comes to fashion. All these little fashionistas telling people what dresses to wear and not wear.

    Posted by: Sean | May 27, 2014 9:21:42 PM


  2. The fuhrer is right. I am also a "liberal" like Putin.

    Posted by: rick | May 27, 2014 9:22:31 PM


  3. Herr Putin, we have a nice cell for you in Spandau Prison after your trial for crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: Amell | May 27, 2014 9:25:04 PM


  4. Being willing to forgive yourself for robbing your country blind isn't "liberal"

    Posted by: Michael | May 27, 2014 9:28:47 PM


  5. Translation: "I find this Wurst person attractive. Nice sausage pun. Now I'm both angry and confused."
    Now you know how Putin really feels.

    Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2014 9:29:53 PM


  6. former kgb chief quotes bible.

    "when fascism comes to america (or russia) it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

    Posted by: candide | May 27, 2014 9:45:21 PM


  7. Very liberal probably means being divorced is ok, he doesn't have a problem with abortion and many recreational drugs, and its ok if you know Jewish people. Everything else, not so ok.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 27, 2014 10:17:13 PM


  8. More shows please. More Conchita, more Bepka, more and more. This is what the bigots need.

    Posted by: Jay | May 27, 2014 10:28:36 PM


  9. The bible doesn't say one word about Russian people, yet Pooty-Poot has the audacity to exist?

    Posted by: John in Houston | May 27, 2014 10:30:38 PM


  10. Putin IS a liberal. I remember when he hinted in an interview that he had taken part in group sex including, possibly, some man-on-man action as part of a mass orgy. He's no prude.

    Posted by: petey | May 27, 2014 10:38:49 PM


  11. The Bible also says "Thou shall not kill", but let's not split hairs over that matter...

    Posted by: Nick | May 27, 2014 10:43:50 PM


  12. by WHOSE standards is he "very liberal?

    Posted by: fanboi | May 27, 2014 10:49:37 PM


  13. Russians are far less prudish than Americans. Russia has far more nude beaches than the USA. At Russian beaches, men often wear tiny Speedos whereas in the USA men tend to wear big baggy shorts designed to hide the male form.

    Don't fall under the impression that Russians are sexual prudes. They aren't.

    Posted by: petey | May 27, 2014 10:52:39 PM


  14. Aggressive?

    Why do gay men and women who come out or live their lives honestly in Russia get beaten, murdered or fired? That's aggressive.

    Posted by: Millenial | May 27, 2014 10:55:48 PM


  15. well, compared to stalin

    Posted by: Moz's | May 27, 2014 11:36:26 PM


  16. Russians aren't prudes when it comes to male dominance and women as sex objects and baby factories. And Putin is real liberal when it comes to state sanctioned corruption.

    Anyway, Putin's liberal comments are exactly the same ones that you see on Yahoo News comments every day when something about gay marriage comes up. Yup, super liberal.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 28, 2014 12:30:48 AM


  17. Emhayjay,

    You are right about male dominance in Russia but this also means that Russian men in general tend to be quite open in their admiration of things male, such as the male form.

    Also, Russian men often greet each other with a kiss, something you don't see among men in general in the USA.

    Feminism - and to some extent gay rights - in the USA have created a degree of discomfort in the way men view each other, thus the phenomenon of American men being afraid to wear Speedos.

    Posted by: petey | May 28, 2014 12:51:46 AM


  18. Actually, Putin is the perfect liberal.

    Like so many liberal US politicians he's scapegoating us to get support. Obama, Biden and the Clintons come to mind. They all did what he's doing until they rebranded.

    Putin is going to need lots of support if he abandons the nationalist pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine. The numbers of murders of ethnic Russians by the Ukrainian military and Ukrainian fascist groups is escalating and ethnic Russians counted heavily on support from the RF.

    In any case Putin continues to be challenged by the left and the labor left in Russia and they're not going to go away.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 28, 2014 2:28:43 AM


  19. Actually, Putin is the perfect liberal.

    Like so many liberal US politicians he's scapegoating us to get support. Obama, Biden and the Clintons come to mind. They all did what he's doing until they rebranded.

    Putin is going to need lots of support if he abandons the nationalist pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine. The numbers of murders of ethnic Russians by the Ukrainian military and Ukrainian fascist groups is escalating and ethnic Russians counted heavily on support from the RF.

    In any case Putin continues to be challenged by the left and the labor left in Russia and they're not going to go away.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 28, 2014 2:28:43 AM


  20. Actually, Putin is the perfect liberal.

    Like so many liberal US politicians he's scapegoating us to get support. Obama, Biden and the Clintons come to mind. They all did what he's doing until they rebranded.

    Putin is going to need lots of support if he abandons the nationalist pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine. The numbers of murders of ethnic Russians by the Ukrainian military and Ukrainian fascist groups is escalating and ethnic Russians counted heavily on support from the RF.

    In any case Putin continues to be challenged by the left and the labor left in Russia and they're not going to go away.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 28, 2014 2:28:44 AM


  21. What is closeted homosexual Vladimir Putin's kind of man?

    Posted by: MaryM | May 28, 2014 7:17:57 AM


  22. Actually Putin is probably bi.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 28, 2014 7:18:20 AM


  23. Liar of the Year.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 28, 2014 7:56:25 AM


  24. Hitler wannabe queer says what?

    Posted by: TheSeer | May 28, 2014 8:28:00 AM


  25. Putin is gay. He just doesn't want anybody to know it.

    Posted by: northoftheborderguy | May 28, 2014 11:54:39 AM


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