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UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws

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  1. Instead of wasting time issuing advice to actors, shouldn’t our government be doing more at an international level to bring about an end to ALL homophobia? Ending Overseas Aid to backward places like Jamaica would be a start ……

    1. I don’t think it is a waste of time. In advising Sir Ian in this manner, if true, they are highlighting an important area of the debate. All the stuff Putin and the IOC are telling us, about how LGBT people have nothing to fear, is bollox, and our own government doesn’t believe the rhetoric coming out of Moscow.

      If that’s the case, why aren’t they doing more about it?

    2. This is only part of the reasonable measures a nation can take to express disapproval. By having the government express concern for the safety of British LGBT people in Russia we are sending a message to the Russian government that we do not accept it.

      Granted, we should be doing far more in the countries where we have some authority, and I agree that homophobia around the world should be tackled. It’s not as easy as you might think though, considering trade agreements and imports.

      Russia is a tricky one, they supply so much natural gas that much of Europe would see energy bills double immediately if they turned off the supply.

  2. but E?lton was not advised not to go – why Mckellen

  3. Tim Hanafin 10 Dec 2013, 12:08pm

    I’ve gone right off Damien Lewis. How very ungracious of him.

  4. First of all, Damian Lewis seems to have a very inflated ego. His role on Homeland might be big in the USA, but does anyone in the UK actually put up with that tripe? He’s famous for one role, McKellen is famous for a long career on stage and screen.

    Secondly, this story is spot on, no one should be going to a country which threatens their freedom. Would any of us want to go to Iran or North Korea? I doubt it. Russia has added itself to a blacklist of nations that not welcoming of tourism or professionals, and that’s perhaps one of the most important things to highlight.

  5. Silly advice. It isn’t against the law in Russia to BE Gay. Tom Daley has a higher Gay profile at the moment. Is he going?
    Lewis could also have been referring to Michael Gambon.

    1. “It isn’t against the law in Russia to BE Gay”

      It wasn’t against the law in Nazi Germany to be gay either, or Jewish, or a journalist, or an immigrant… but that didn’t stop radical groups and Hitlers Brown Shirts from taking it as permission to start an internal war which led to the genocide of millions of innocent people.

      You really need to brush up on your history. Hitler did EXACTLY the same things in Germany to people who were not breaking any laws.

    2. Frank Boulton 12 Dec 2013, 11:26am

      The British Government has to err on the side of over-caution in advising its subjects about travel in potentially dangerous regions. It would, of course, be wonderful if Sir Ian were to go and perform in Russia. I doubt that the Russian authorities would do anything terrible to him. Sir Elton suffered no reprisals for his little speech last week and neither did the female athlete with the rainbow nails. I would urge Sir Ian to reconsider his choice but at the end of the day it is his choice concerning how much he risks and it is not fair to expect him to take a greater risk than most of us are taking over this issue.

  6. Lewis is another closet Christian with all the backward phobias that come with ‘organised superstition’ including an unexplained hatred of same sex passion –

    A very over-rated actor with limited range – and an ego that – like most ‘septic boils’ needs bursting!

  7. Ian McKellen, go to Russia! And take your boyfriend. And kiss him in Red Square. And to HELL with the consequences. They either won’t dare to detain you, OR, if they do, then the brouhaha worldwide will be tremendously embarrassing for the Russian government.

  8. Did the Foreign Office tell Elton John he’d be ok, then?

  9. Grant MacDonald 10 Dec 2013, 3:28pm

    Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE …!

  10. Grant MacDonald 10 Dec 2013, 3:36pm

    Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. It is a criminal offence to cause harm onto others physically or with written items; torahs – old testament/new testament bibles have been getting away with corruption and cultism based on bogus hocus pocus.

    There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity and other religions. Our early human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. Christianity is basically a 2013 year old fictional cult. In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity!
    Christianity is a fantasy; which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

    1. Frank Boulton 12 Dec 2013, 11:33am

      Grant, there’s plenty of proof of the truth of the New Testament. The are, for example, 13 churches in Europe, which have the foreskin of Jesus Christ. And there are enough fragments of the cross, on which he was crucified, to make well over 60 crosses. How much more proof do you want?

  11. Grant MacDonald 10 Dec 2013, 3:38pm

    The Bible & Torah should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules:
    Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.”
    Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination ….”

    Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays.

    1. Midnighter 11 Dec 2013, 1:59pm

      Saying they should be banned is a bit like saying that we should kill stupid people; that “solution” makes you into the very thing you loathe.

      Yes, they are full of despicable and outdated garbage. The solution is not to hide their nonsense but to expose it for the nonsense it patently is by ensuring that everyone is ALSO exposed to alternate views, facts and demonstrable science.

      Banning opposing views for no reason other than the fact you don’t like them is exactly the sort of thing that the Taliban (and a large number of American Christians) want to do.

      (PS – you forgot the bit about killing children who disrespect their parents! Deut 21:18-21)

      1. Frank Boulton 12 Dec 2013, 11:43am

        Yes, Midnighter, I would agree and would point out that the best thing that you can do to promote something is to ban it. Look what banning Christianity for nearly 70 years in the Soviet Union has done. It hasn’t eradicated it. It’s brought it back with a vengeance. Rational arguments are the best tool for exposing and countering religious hate-mongering.

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