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Odin Biron, American Star Of Hit Russian Sitcom, Comes Out As Gay

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Interns is the Russian equivalent of Scrubs: a handful of doctors-in-training deal with the day-to-day shenanigans of life in a hospital under an unreasonable boss while the main protagonist drifts in and out of wacky daydreams. Though the viewership is at best half of that of Scrubs, Interns' 3.7 million viewers per episode makes it one of Gazprom-Media’s flagship programs.

Odin Biron from Duluth, MN plays Phil, the fish-out-of-water American trying to navigate life in Russia, and due to the program's success Biron has found himself with unexpected celebrity status and is the de facto face of America in Russian pop culture.

Needless to say, it is a very big deal that he is a gay man.

Biron exists in that awkward space of publicly closeted and privately out: his family and very close friends know, but his workplace and the Russian populace at large are unaware, at least until now. Biron had good reason to keep it to himself beyond the general anti-gay sentiment pervading Russian culture. His co-worker who plays his boss - sort of the Dr. Cox role, to continue the Scrubs comparison - is Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci-fi writer, and aspiring politician who thinks gays should be burned alive in ovens.

Okhlobystin was actually rather fond of Biron; so much so that when Okhlobystin greets Biron with smiles and hugs he promises, "‘Odin, I’m gonna bomb the crap out of America, but I’m gonna save Minnesota because of you.’ ” His tune has since changed, attacking Biron on Twitter by calling him a "sodomite", banged his head against the wall, and "cursed fate", asking God to protect him from this "devilry". 

Presently Biron is splitting his time between Minneapolis and Moscow and has enrolled in culinary school in the States and is entertaining the idea of opening a theater, restaurant, or both, but first he has the sixth season of Interns - complete with very awkward script readings - to look forward to.


Estonia Becomes Third Country to Ban Homophobic Russian Actor

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Estonia has become the third country to declare Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin persona non grata, following his violent, incendiary comments about homosexuality and Ebola.

You might remember the actor for his comments calling for the killing of gay people in ovens, saying they pose a "living danger" to his children. His recent comments focus on Ebola, and he has a theory that the disease is turning people into zombies; the actor cites cases where people killed by the virus had been "resurrected" days later.

Okhlobystin is best known for "Interns," a Russian sitcom derivative of "Scrubs." Before this role, he took a hiatus from acting to become a Russian orthodox priest.

The other two countries to have banned Okhlobystin are Latvia and Ukraine. In the latter case, he was also banned for supporting the Russian presence in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of the Black Sea Crimea peninsula.

Bafflingly, Okhlobystin seems to take the Estonian ban as a positive development, referring to his national bans as "stars," saying:

Our mole in the Capitol called, congratulated me on the third star...Thanks to the [U.S] State Department for a high evaluation of my achievements.

Easy as it may be to dismiss Okhlobystin as a mentally unstable attention seeker, it's worth pointing out that the actor/priest harbors political ambitions, and he is popular enough in his native Russia to have drawn applause from a packed crowd in making his aforementioned call for violence against gays.

[h/t Moscow Times]


Russian 'Burn Gays in Ovens' Actor Sued by Gay Rights Activist

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Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci fi writer, and aspiring politician, who has made headlines recently because of his remarks that gays should be burned alive in furnaces and his call for Putin to criminalize gay sex, is being sued by a gay rights activist, RIA Novosti reports:

Nikolai Bayev said in a post on his Facebook account Wednesday that he did not expect his suit against Ivan Okhlobystin to succeed in Russia, but that he hopes to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Bayev seeks 30,000 rubles ($850) in damages, his lawyer Andrey Zaytsev said.

Okhlobystin reacted in typically combative fashion on Twitter.

“The very existence of the lawsuit offends my religious sentiment,” Okhlobystin wrote.


Russian 'Burn Gays in Ovens' Actor Gets New Job, Wants to 'Forcibly Cure' His Gay Stylist

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Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci fi writer, and aspiring politician, who recently resigned as creative director of the phone retailer Euroset because of his remarks that gays should be burned alive in furnaces, has a new employer, according to THR:

Okhlobystin was immediately hired for a similar role by Russian apparel manufacturer Baon.

The company's owner, Ilya Yaroshenko, said that one of the reasons was the shared values between the company and the actor. "Okhlobystin perfectly suits our target audience, our brand's values, such as family, Orthodox Christianity and also what he is fighting for," Yaroshenko was quoted as saying by wire service RIA Novosti.

GorMeanwhile, Okhlobystin's gay stylist Max Gor caused outrage after working for Okhlobystin at a photo shoot for Baon, and gave an interview to LifeNews, Queer Russia reports.

Said Gor:

Of course, Ivan knows my stance. This is not the first time we met. We have been working together for five years. You have no idea – I’m getting so many messages since yesterday! I would call it a hysterical purse-wielding. Of course, Ivan speaks very aggressively. I can not support his words, because I am initially against aggression. I can say that yesterday’s event opened my eyes. Those who insulted me yesterday do not even know why I was at that photoshoot. It is nonsense to insult me ​​for working with Ivan Okhlobystin. Everyone has his own stance. We live in a free country.

Meanwhile, Okhlobystin publicly insulted Gor, saying he wanted to cure him "forcibly":

Gor could not refuse to work because he was obliged to, under a previously signed contract. And the whole “fag” community does not have enough money to pay an indemnity… Unfortunately, he is the best stylist out there. Calm down, fools — Gor is the only thing you can be proud of. Although, ideally, it would be good to send him to a desert island too. Or to cure somehow, forcibly.


'Burn Gays in Ovens' Actor Resigns from Phone Retailer Euroset Following Outrage

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Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci fi writer, aspiring politician, and (now former) creative director of the phone retailer Euroset, has resigned from his position following the headlines he made for his remarks about gays.

Wrote Okhlobystin about his departure:

Given the incessant threats, provocations and insults from sodomites towards my friends, associates and their families, I have insisted on my dismissal from the job of “Euroset” creative director. People close to me do not have to suffer from my public stance which I will never give up. Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed!

You may recall that he told a cheering crowd in December that gays should be burned alive in furnaces. Okhlobystin's remarks prompted a coalition of Russian LGBT activists to urge Apple to cut ties with Euroset, where the company recently began selling its phones.

Earlier this month, Okhlobystin urged Russian President Valdimir Putin to criminalize sodomy.

[via Queer Russia]


Popular Russian Actor Calls on Putin to Criminalize Gay Sex

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Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci fi writer, aspiring politician, and creative director of the phone retailer Euroset, is making headlines again for his remarks about gays.

You may recall that he told a cheering crowd in December that gays should be burned alive in furnaces. Okhlobystin's remarks prompted a coalition of Russian LGBT activists to urge Apple to cut ties with Euroset, where the company recently began selling its phones.

Now Okhlobystin is urging President Vladimir Putin to criminalize sodomy, RIA Novosti reports:

The actor praised Putin for last year’s ban on “gay propaganda,” but said it was not enough because the very existence of a legal gay community amounted to such propaganda.

The Kremlin did not comment as of Wednesday.

Okhlobystin’s post was deleted from TwitLonger blog platform for violation of terms of service, according to the Twitter of the site’s creator Stuart Gibson, who is openly gay.

But the statement caused a stir on the Russian blogosphere, and already earned the 47-year-old actor the label “faggot” from socialite and prominent opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak.

This is not the first instance of gay-bashing from Okhlobystin, who stars in “Interns,” a hit sitcom heavily deriving from US show “Scrubs.”


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