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Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’

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  1. Dr. Damn Right 16 Aug 2013, 11:36am

    Lalala .. don’t believe you now. And also: Grow a brain!

    1. Let’s hope she doesn’t ever have to compete in Saudi or she will have to respect being a lesser human herself.

      If she is proud of being in a country that is on a par with Saudi I feel sorry for her.

  2. Hope someone translates this for her: “You are a bigot and a homophobe”. I also hope the Authorities bar her from competing in any European Championships in future. Incitement to Hatred (for that is surely what she has done) has resulted in refused entry for American homophobic preachers and rappers in the past. She – and any other outspoken homophobic athletes – should be treated in exactly the same way.

  3. You know exactly what you said, Isinibayeva, and so do we. Hang your head in shame.

    1. She knows exactly what she said, but she has no idea why people are so critical of it. That’s because she’s also an ignoramus.

  4. Normal,Standard people are open to logical argument and are not afraid of something they do not understand, they question and search for the truth. Then accept the truth.

    Bigots on the other-hand tend to be of low intelligence, do not understand logic and are often follow Abrahamic religions.

    The only reason people are bigots are the underlying Abrahamic religious beliefs passed down through generations of family.

  5. Paula Thomas 16 Aug 2013, 11:41am

    Oh, I think she’ll find we understood her comments very well. Very well indeed. Presumeably she would have called for the laws in Nazi Germany to be similarly resppected, would she?

  6. No, she’s a bigot and was perfectly understood.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Aug 2013, 11:46am

    You can bet someone forced her to alter her previous statement to save face and a barrage of protests. Maybe it was one of her sponsors?

    No thanks, bigot! She knew exactly what she was saying and the implications.

  8. @Yelena

    Your anti-gay comments were clearly understood . . .

    Interesting how the BBC has now reported your recent back-peddling.

  9. Peter Duncan 16 Aug 2013, 11:53am

    If the Russians want the laws of their land to be repected they must have respectable laws. Certainly laws which encourage hatred are not respectable.

  10. Oh dear, on the verge of losing your sponsorship are we?

  11. Misunderstood?

    Her homophobia was so unrestrained that the world is probably perfectly aware of what she meant. There’s no point in her trying to convince us otherwise.

    Perhaps she is only trying to convince the IOC. They appointed her as IOC Ambassador for the Youth Olympics, a position she’d probably like to hold onto.

    If she retains her position, then the IOC is obviously as homophobic as Isinbayeva is.

  12. Sign this petition if you want the Prince of Asturias Award to be withdrawn from Isinbayeva!

    http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/withdraw-prince-of-asturias-award-from-isinbayeva

  13. You can’t be against discrimination against gay people and then demand people respect homophobia. It doesn’t work like that

  14. HER COMMENTS were absolutely brilliant and timely. World must follow the example of Russia!!

    1. And become a backward dump.

      I don’t think so.

    2. Sorry, not going to happen. The rest of the world is moving on, and Russia is moving backward. You see, what Putin and his thugs don’t realize is that while the LGBT people of the world are a minority, we also hold some very senior positions in thousands of very large corporations, in everything from media to tech. You think Hollywood will be filming in Russia? You think music artists will be touring Russia? You think any company headed or backed by members of the LGBT community will want to go anywhere near that sh*thole of a country?

      Russia is going to miss out on billions of $’s in the coming years because of this. The LGBT audience has a lot of money to spend, and we won’t be spending it in that country. Look forward to the poverty.

    3. The world should follow her example and criticise people for painting their nails in different colours? Because that is what this woman’s outburst was about, not some overt sexual display in front of vulnerable children that might rightly be condemned as inappropriate. She is saying that people don’t have the right to use more than one colour of nail varnish, let alone love another person of the same sex. She is a homophobe of the first degree and so is the troll who posted above.

    4. A spineless coward who highjacks the hate ridden comments of a bitch in lycra who can jump high with aid of pole – whoopee – Go crawl under russian rock, Dickhead!

  15. Derek Williams 16 Aug 2013, 12:03pm

    Unfortunately, her volte-face will only make it appear that the “Gaystapo” with all our presumed 5% of the population power, have “gotten to them” with standover tactics.

    Of greater value are the spontaneous contrasting views expressed by her fellow athletes.

  16. Report from the BBC

    “Yelena Isinbayeva’s role as a Youth Olympics ambassador should be reviewed says British heptathlete Louise Hazel after the world pole vault champion spoke out against homosexuality.

    Russian Isinbayeva criticised athletes competing at the World Championships in Moscow for supporting gay rights.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23721645

    1. You’ll notice that the BBC omits perhaps the most objectionable part of Ms Isinbayeva’s original statement, viz:

      ““If we allow [them] to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people.”

      I always used to admire the BBC’s journalism and found it generally crisp and fair. But BBC coverage of LGBT issues recently has gone from bad to dreadful.

      I know there are many on PN who suspect Catholic / reactionary influence, but I don’t see much evidence of that in the senior BBC personnel. I wonder if it’s budget cuts generating sloppy research and poor writing as overworked journos confuse bigotry with newsworthy “controversy”.

      1. ‘… I wonder if it’s budget cuts…’

        i didnt notice my £145 tv licence being cut.

        looking at the hole debate around equal marriage, bbc was shamelessly biased in its reporting. i dont think its down to budget cuts, rather the case of minions trying to please the masters who happen to be catholic

  17. I want to thank her. Her bigoted comments have only served to increase the coverage of the anti-gay laws in Russia, which have received very little coverage on mainstream media.

    Im sure it wasnt her intention, but whatever.

  18. We see this everywhere, people who have so normalized discrimination don’t see it and want to continue doing it while not being called discriminatory.

  19. That There Other David 16 Aug 2013, 12:11pm

    Her comments about no discrimination today are IDENTICAL to the official line being put forward by Putin’s party.

    Noted also that she’s offered no apology, not even a half-hearted one. She fully believes what she said yesterday, and there was no misunderstanding at all.

    It’s your firestorm Yelena, you ignited it. Now deal with the consequences.

  20. Russians think freedom of expression is a crime? What else can she be saying? You are not allowed to have a different opinion just like lovely Nazi Germany.

    1. Or the Soviet Union.

  21. Is she really so idiotic that she can’t see the oxymoron of her own statement? She’s now saying that she’s against all discrimination, but people should respect the discriminatory laws of her government.

    The woman is a mess, and someone has clearly coached her (very badly) in what she should say to try to roll back the damage.

    If the IOC doesn’t remove her from her position, they will have certainly lost any credibility they may claim to have left.

    This woman is not a personality the IOC should be associating with, especially not as an icon for sporting youth. It’s sickening to me that they haven’t already released a statement condemning her views.

    Your move IOC. Either revoke her position as a youth ambassador, or face yet more wrath from the public, further damaging the image of the Olympic Movement around the world.

  22. “What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests.” Like rape, murder and torture?

  23. What she said yesterday was perfectly unambiguous (“protect normal people” etc.) Nice to see her regretting her disgusting gesture so soon, I just wonder whether she did so under pressure from Russian officials worried about losing the Olympics or whether it was purely out of self-interest (sponsorship deals, ambassadorial role etc.) Either way, she won’t fool many people into thinking that this U-turn is the least bit sincere. The damage has been done, Yelena! Time to face the consequences.

    1. Her only hope for a sponsorship now is a borscht factory. Tsk.

  24. Tom Kennedy 16 Aug 2013, 12:18pm

    Isn’t it wonderful now how you can come out with the most disgusting bigotry, apologise or say it was “out of context” and get away with murder.

  25. You cannot un-ring a bell, dear. Too late. I hope your international sponsors drop you and your more open minded fans desert you.

  26. Homophobic Russian pole vaulter does a volte face… but it’s too late.

  27. Oh some one has been told to apologise, but it is to late. Some one in the public eye should understand the importance of what she says

  28. The perfect english of the “apology” versus the garbled english of her previous statement makes it obvious that the “apology” was obviously “written for her” and is identical with those of Putin’s Party-as indicated by That There Other David.

    So- she actually said what she meant the first time round-and her opinion has not changed. The second statement being just the Party Line.

  29. Vile Bitch -you can’t cover up your hatred of Gays just because your hateful comments have caught you out – You Deserve all the trouble you get now – Hope all your sponsorship is withdrawn….

  30. Jock S. Trap 16 Aug 2013, 12:34pm

    No, no there was no misunderstanding, we get it, you hate ‘the gays’ and anyone who shows support.

    Ya nasty. Message received.

    Also explain all this promotion in the streets? By that does she mean just being Gay? Of course she does.

    That’s not legislation, that’s the right to bully, abuse, torture, humiliate, murder and drive to suicide.

    Her message is loud and clear.

    Her position should be revised.

  31. Tiresome Bitch

  32. Lily Alllen FU.
    Google it and inwardly digest you pole vaulting hypocrite!

  33. The VERY awkward moment when you remember that the sponsors that most athletes vie for are international and held accountable to the rest of the civilized world e.g Nike with it’s support for gay athletes. It might be a different language but there was no way of misinterpreting that!!

  34. Can I assume that the rock band called Rainbow, and the 1970s children’s television programme with talking animals called Rainbow are to be banned in Russia? And what happens if the sky has the temerity to extend a colour spectrum across itself some rainy yet sunny afternoon?

  35. Helge Vladimir Tiller 16 Aug 2013, 12:57pm

    I just mention, in this Connection: RUSSIA RANKS FIRST IN EUROPE FOR ITS NUMBER OF TEENAGE SUICIDES. A large proportion of them are LGBT teens.But Russia does not even record such statistics- the State is not interested. ( Politicians give signals that a “sexual Identity” is a matter of choice. ) Top politicians in European countries should take notice of this ! IMMEDIATELY !

  36. Ben Foster 16 Aug 2013, 1:01pm

    just keep taking the pills.

  37. Putins whore

  38. Isinibayeva, you have an excellent command of the English language.
    I understood you perfectly, and have not heard homophobic bigotry expressed so clearly and without equivocation in some time. Your remarks were very clear.
    Discrimination and persecution of gay people is not acceptable in civilised countries or any where else in the second decade of the 21st. century, we, no longer as a species, have reason for ignorance on this matter.

  39. .....Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2013, 1:09pm

    Western athletes who support the Russian anti gay pogroms by attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi should be ostracised and vilified at every opportunity and they should have fair warning of this before they go.
    We have little time left in which to bring as much pressure as possible on western Olympic committees to boycott the Russian games and we must step up our game.
    Athletes who go there will be hoping to gain medals with which they will then approach commercial concerns in order to make as much money as possible from such wins.
    The gay community is an important economic block when these companies are marketing athletes, as we have the disposable income to indulge these people. If we make it clear that participants in these games will be shunned then I am betting things will change in our favour and more importantly in the disgraceful and inhuman anti gay laws in Russia. Buyer and supporter of these laws beware; supporting and taking part in these games is giving tacit support.

    1. .....Paddyswurds 16 Aug 2013, 1:11pm

      ………support to these dreadful laws, which are akin to Hitler’s pogroms against the Jews,

      THE FREE WORLD IS WATCHING!

  40. buzzedchris 16 Aug 2013, 1:10pm

    Heterophobia is wrong, so is homophobia. We know that. No one is saying ALL gays are 100% right all the time.

  41. Beelzeebub 16 Aug 2013, 1:25pm

    “Many homosexuals find the idea of heterosexual sex repulsive. By your own word, these are heterophobes!”

    Maybe so.

    But we do not try to introduce laws to ostracise them.

  42. This woman’s claim to fame is jumping over a friggin pole. Who really cares what she thinks?
    Secondly, respect is a two way street. Russia’s anti-gay laws are offensive to any human being with a sense of human decency. Russia deserves no respect for it’s abuse of human rights. You might as well have the Olympics in Syria or Saudi Arabia or Iran.

    1. Christopher in Canada 16 Aug 2013, 3:22pm

      Sand makes a poor substitute for snow…

    2. She”s sort of the opposite of a limbo dancer in that respect.

  43. What a bitch. “Maybe we are different” – so that means that the suffering of gay people in Russia is fine, does it?

  44. This woman will not “hate” gays, most Russians actually have gay friends/family who they love but since they’re still under the impression people can be “turned” gay, they keep them locked in the closet for the sake of the “children”.

  45. “I support discriminatory laws and so should everyone, but I’m against any kind of discrimination.”
    Yeah, right…and that’s the essence of what she said in those 2 days.

  46. Oh Keith, you dear dozy old thing, for goodness’ sake how many names must you try and post under? Do you think your obsessions don’t give you away every single time? Your just as boring whatever name you affect, you know!

  47. Colin Cass 16 Aug 2013, 2:18pm

    Well said Louise Hazel , this bigot should be banned from competing with decent people! trying to wriggle out of her comments will Not help her! she is a disgusting bigot & we do not want her spouting her poison! We are quite clear in understanding her Comments!

  48. oh dear, amateurish PR damage limitation exercise, not very convincing though. let me guess too much to lose; ambassador title, sponsorship deals etc?

  49. She is not only stupid, she thinks we are stupid too. Obviously, some handler sat down with her and explained very carefully that while her first comments will make her very popular in Russia, it might have serious repercussions for her in the civilized world if she wants to travel and compete abroad (and get endorsements). Interesting how her English suddenly improved in the press release.

  50. Go F U C K yourself you loathesome human being

  51. Shame girl.

  52. No they have not been misunderstood you F’ing dog.

  53. Jonathan Evans 16 Aug 2013, 7:16pm

    (What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests.

    “But let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality)

    contradicting herself a little there isn’t she why should anyone respect the laws of a country where its not ok to be who you are if she’s not ok with it people like her in the public eye should stand up for it

  54. she should look up the definition of the word ‘oximoron’ or ‘paradox’ or ‘contradictory’… it is what defines her statements

  55. benpinwang 17 Aug 2013, 5:52am

    Wow, a super stupid woman. A Russian? They should think of her as a disgrace.

  56. benpinwang 17 Aug 2013, 6:02am

    Wow, a super stupid woman. Born and raised in Russia? I see her as a disgrace of any country. Trying to tell me that the gay people in your country were all dropped down from the sky?

  57. What a shame.
    In her position, she could have stood up for her fellow Russian civilians who suffer torture, death and discrimination, and helped make a change in their lives.
    But no,
    she is just a cowardly ignorant.
    What a waste of media potential.

  58. Yes dear and 2 and 2 make 5

  59. She could always audition for a remake of Father Ted http://en.gloria.tv/?media=103335

  60. She may have felt the shock wave of her disgusting comments. B***h!

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