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Paul O’Grady slams Russia’s ‘Nazi-style’ anti-gay laws outside Downing Street

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  1. THANK YOU PAUL X

  2. BlokeToys 6 Feb, 2:02pm

    Paul speaks for many of us by raising these points. Some of us have learned from history in the proper way, with intelligence and honesty, without the illusion offered by a hindsight view and the context of war that so many others use as frames of reference.

    The war didn’t just happen, people were not just persecuted overnight, rabid Nazis didn’t just wake up one morning and start murdering Jews, intellectuals, gay people and journalists. It started long before war broke out, and it started in EXACTLY the same way.

    No society is immune to this rabid ignorance, all nations have to continue to develop and evolve to stamp out any chance of this happening again. Just look at France, Italy, or our own experiences with the EDL, BNP, UKIP… Fascism is always a threat, fed by ignorance, lack of education, propaganda and – in the case of Russia – support from the state.

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 6 Feb, 2:30pm

      Good comment, Bloke Toys !

  3. Nick Davis 6 Feb, 3:04pm

    Eat Burger King, drink Pepsi, use Mastercard. Hit them where it hurts. Tell your Friends.

    1. Most of us have and us bank cards and those cards are invariably linked to either Mastercard or Visa. If we all approached our bankers and advised that we wanted to transfer our Visa cards to a Mastercard service in protest … the resulting furore might prove interesting at the very least !

  4. “The war didn’t just happen, people were not just persecuted overnight, rabid Nazis didn’t just wake up one morning and start murdering Jews, intellectuals, gay people and journalists. It started long before war broke out, and it started in EXACTLY the same way.”
    Well said, BlokeToys. I have been saying similar on here and elsewhere for months. I’ve been accused of scaremongering and being hysterical. But ALL the signs are there that Putin is a Hitler in the making. His regime, like his country, is failing. He has singled-out gay people both as a distraction and a scapegoat for his failings. The West ignores this man at its peril. He has pinned his hopes on his Sochi Homophobic Games to restore his credibility and to show Russia is a modern, forward-looking nation. It isn’t. Companies who have sponsored the games are complicit in the persecution of LGBT Russians. I, for one, will forever boycott their products and services.

  5. Princess Anne has voiced anti gay views in the past so no surprise she is happy to go

  6. Send Lily to Russia. She’d give Putin the shivering sh*ts.

    Well said Paul, and so right too.

  7. David Millar 6 Feb, 7:28pm

    we need to focus all our efforts on just ONE sponsor – humiliate & embarrass their managers, shareholders and their PR hacks

  8. Paul O`Grady is a good man a celebrity who isn`t afraid to speak out regardless, where are all the so called pro gay “straight” celebrities, you know those who claim to be gay friendly where is their condemnation of Russia and Putin? complete silence can`t rock the boat now can we, as long as we`ve got our straight privilege we can look the other way.

  9. Jago Tremain 7 Feb, 7:27am

    There are certainly fascistic elements in Kremlin policy but a comparison with the Nazis is overdone, especially when there are so many countries in the world whose record on the treatment of LGBT people and on human rights in general is far worse than Russia’s. That said, the law prohibiting so-called gay propaganda is only part of a general clampdown on freedom of expression. It is now illegal to spread information which may be “harmful to minors”, for example, or to “hurt the feelings” of religious believers. Libel is now covered by the criminal law, so that no complaint by the person libelled is needed before proceedings can begin. And a liberal cable TV channel (rain.ru) has been effectively closed down.

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