John M. Becker

Russia to UK: We Treat Gays Like You Treat 'Gingers'

Filed By John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: documentary, entrapment, false equivalency, gingers, redheads, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian homophobia, Russian propaganda law, video, violence

"The documentary's emotional appeal is misleading, since the film falls far short of the standards of professional journalistic investigation. One could have easily whipped up such 'documentary' about a hunting season on redheads in the UK saying that 'ginger' people face unmotivated verbal and physical abuse on a daily basis.

"If the authors of the documentary really had evidence of rampant gay hate crimes in Russia, they wouldn't need to wait until an international sporting event takes place in Russia to raise the alarm. While violent attacks on homosexuals sometimes take place in Russia, just like in many other European countries, this does not mean that they are condoned, supported or, let alone, encouraged by the Government. Such attacks are few and far between and by no means reflect general sentiments of the Russian people."

-- The Russian embassy in London, slamming the U.K.'s Channel 4 for its hard-hitting, terrifying, infuriating documentary Hunted. The documentary profiled some of the violent vigilante gangs of Russian gay bashers and chronicled their "safaris," where they literally go hunting for gay and trans people. The embassy's statement called the film "hate propaganda" and claimed it was part of a "well-engineered campaign of slander" designed to generate negative publicity during the Winter Olympics.

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