Sochi mayor: “There are no gay people in Sochi as far as I know.”

With the Winter Olympics about to begin in Russia, where homophobia has reached level generally reserved for the most ignorant corners of the earth, the mayor of the hosting city (which is home to two gay clubs) is doing plenty of interviews.  The other day he told one reporter…well…here you go:

The mayor of Sochi told a reporter that there are no gay people in the city hosting the Winter Olympics — but the patrons of one bar didn’t get the memo.

The same BBC reporter had visited a gay tavern in the Black Sea resort town the night before he interviewed Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, who said the whole city is straight.

“We do not have them in our city,” Pakhomov flatly told the BBC.

Pressed further, the mayor backtracked a bit: “I am not sure, but I don’t bloody know them.”

By that logic, Sochi is also free of thieves and vagrants.  It’s a pity the Oblivious Olympics aren’t being held in Sochi this year: Pakhomov wouldn’t even have to travel.  It’s a good thing anatomy classes aren’t taught using the Pakhomov method: “Even though over half of human beings, statistically, have a uterus, if you’ve never seen the uterus of any of your classmates then it’s a safe bet that none of them have one…so far as I know.”

Glad this guy got elected to a position of responsibility.

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