‘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.

Comments

  1. Sean says

    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.

  2. Anonymous says

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

  3. steve talbert says

    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.

  4. petey says

    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.

  5. petey says

    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.

  6. Millenial says

    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.

  7. emjayay says

    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.

  8. petey says

    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.

  9. Bill Perdue says

    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.

  10. Bill Perdue says

    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.

  11. Bill Perdue says

    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.

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