Calvin Klein accused of breaking ‘gay propaganda’ law in Russia
A new advert for the fashion giant’s latest fragrance has sparked outrage in Russia.
Russian authorities says they have received a number of complaints for a new ad for Calvin Klein perfume CK2.
The advertisement – which features two same-sex couples – has been reported to authorities in the country for allegedly containing “elements of propaganda of homosexuality and peadophilia”.
Complaints have been made to authorities in Arkhangelsk after a number of locals voluntarily watched the advert on YouTube in order to view the reported “propaganda”.
Arkhangelsk authorities say they are investigating to see whether the fashion giant has broken the law.
The ad features a same-sex male couple riding on a motorcycle shirtless, while a lesbian couple bare their breasts on a highway.
However, while both straight couples in the advert kiss in the video, the same-sex couples do not.
Calvin Klein described the advert as “embodying the thrill of life and celebrates the diversity of connections between two people”.
If found guilty, Calvin Klein could be fined up to 1 million rubles ($15,000, €13,000).
The company – which could also be forced to case trading across Russia for three months – is only the latest victim of such claims.
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