But he’s so pretty… Images depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “gay clown” are now illegal, because reasons.
It is now illegal in Russia to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay.
The Russian Justice Ministry has banned the use of an image depicting President Vladmir Putin wearing make-up, apparently reacting to the photo’s implication that President Putin might be gay.
The Moscow Times reports that court papers say that the “gay clown” image “hints at the Russian president’s allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation.” In addition, the publication also reports that the “gay clown” image was originally shared online by a man named A. V. Tsvetkov, who has now been ordered by the court to undergo psychiatric care.
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) April 5, 2017
Posting the image of Putin with make-up edited onto his face now carries equal punishment to sharing other “extremist” images online: a maximum punishment of up to 15 days in prison and/or a fine of 3,000 rubles ($53).
The Russian leader has been the target of protests both in and out of Russia ever since he launched a brutal crackdown on gays and lesbians. The crackdown has resulted in a wave of violent homophobic attacks currently plaguing Russia.
In fact, ever since the virulently homophobic Putin, with help from the Russian Orthodox Church, pushed through a law effectively outlawing openly gay people, the country’s LGBT community has been plagued by violence.
Yet despite the ugly anti-gay violence in Russia, Putin’s dangerous and cruel anti-gay policies have been celebrated by conservative Christians in the U.S.
Recently leading evangelical Franklin Graham praised Putin for his brutal crackdown on homosexuality, and in so doing Graham and other conservative Christians have given their tacit endorsement to the current wave of violent homophobic attacks plaguing Russia.
Bottom line: Putin may make a beautiful gay clown, but he is an ugly human being, and a terrible leader.