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Russian female athletes who kissed after winning gold deny it was in protest against anti-gay laws

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  1. PantoHorse 19 Aug 2013, 7:00pm

    Quelle surprise. Whether it was or wasn’t, sounds like someone with big boots got in there to force request this distancing statement.

    1. HOLD UP, pink news supports HTML? this changes everything

  2. ‘…“If people want to write all sorts of dirt about us, they should at least know that Yulia and I are both married,” she continued…’

    oh i cannot be gay coz im married, yea right

    and anyway you dont have to be gay to protest in this way. doh

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 19 Aug 2013, 7:24pm

    Anxiety and fear- no wonder they are afraid !

  4. That just makes the laws look even more ridiculous then. They are clearly “promoting” homosexuality to children!!! TO THE GULAG WITH THEM!!!!!

  5. Rajib Kumar 19 Aug 2013, 7:59pm

    I think they have done good thing. Everyone should have his freedom to do his anything without harming others.

  6. well….. duh!

    cultural bigots rejoice in what your ignorance has acheived

  7. Jeremy Hoad 19 Aug 2013, 8:37pm

    Alternative headline: Pink News makes up story because it feels like it but is proven wrong.

    Pink News 18/08/13
    “…the gesture has been interpreted as a protest against anti-LGBT legislation in Russia…”

    Pink News 19/08/13
    “Two Russian athletes who kissed on the podium after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, have strongly denied claims that they did it as a protest against anti-gay laws”

    Never let the facts get in the way of a sensationalist “news” story.

    1. Did they make something up? They said: “has been interpreted as”. This is a reasonable interpretation, especially considering they would be unlikely to want to speak out explicitly on the subject.

      If I saw two women kissing each other (or two men) I’d think they were pro-gay. Given the current widespread controversy surrounding the Russian law, I would have interpreted that act as not just being pro-gay, but specifically as a protest as the law, given the addition of its chronological (closeness in time), geographical (the event was in Russia) and thematic (it was an athletics event) contexts.

    2. If they were making it up, why bother writing this followup? If there was some conspiracy, they’d simply not bother!

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