John M. Becker

In Russia, Gay-Bashing Is an Olympic Sport

Filed By John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: 2014 Olympics, anti-gay violence, anti-LGBT violence, gay-bashing, Russia, Russian anti-gay law, Russian propaganda law, Sochi 2014, video

Here's another one of the video protests circulating around the Internet in response to Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown and its hosting of the Olympic Games. It's similar to the Jon Stewart segment we brought you a few weeks ago -- where he skewers the "2014 Sochi Homophobic Olympics" -- only much, much darker. The video depicts gay-bashing as an Olympic sport, complete with judges and throngs of cheering fans.

It also wisely highlights some of the other countries where LGBT people are persecuted. Standing alongside Russia atop the medals podium are gay-bashers from Uganda and Iran; Belize and Saudi Arabia are also called out by name.

Watch the video below. Trigger warning for images of violent gay-bashing.

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