“I also have a good sense of humor. I will perhaps continue this joke by closing their gay club in St. Petersburg, or ban them from having meetings in public places, that’s also a funny step.”
–Russian politician Vitaly Milanov, architect of the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, speaking with CNN after two women took a selfie as they kissed in front of him on a flight. Milanov, who has previously called LGBT people “sick” and “crazy” and referred to transgender people as “psychologically sick ” in an earlier interview with CNN, stated: “This shows that these people are not of a normal sexual orientation, but that their sexual deviance shows in all aspects of their lives. I didn’t understand what they are doing but they have a nice sense of humor. I also have a good sense of humor. I will perhaps continue this joke by closing their gay club in St. Petersburg, or ban them from having meetings in public places, that’s also a funny step.”
Perhaps most bizarrely, Milanov added: “I am tolerant towards all sexual minorities.” His tolerance was clearly lost in translation.
Kseniya Infinity, one of the women who participated in the kiss, posted to social media that “as fate would have it, [Milanov] was sitting in the row behind us.” After they took the photo, he apparently remained silent. “We did a photoshoot with him in the background. When he noticed what we were doing he hid behind his tablet computer. We are very happy. He probably isn’t. But who cares!”
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