The Daily Show’s Jason Jones headed over to Sochi to talk to residents about the “gay propaganda” legislation that is impacting the basic human rights of Russian citizens.
Jones interviewed one of Putin’s homophobic spokesmen, and it turns out the situation is just as bad as it looks: the laws are written, and the bigoted narrative pushed, by complete imbeciles. Sergey Mapkob says he is tired of the “boring” gay “issue.”
Mapkob says that there is “real personal freedom in Russia.” In fact, Jason Jones could “make sex with” a table if he wished (an offer Jones declined, thankfully). Mapkob says that the issue is not with freedom to have sex with a partner with one’s choice–it’s that “everybody” knows being gay is not normal–including, according to the spokesman for hatred, gays. He says that people should be informed of the different viewpoints. Some feel it’s normal, some a sin in the face of God, and others it is a sickness, according to Mapkob.
Jones offered a solution: “Why don’t we have a gay pride parade, followed by a homophobic parade, followed by a f#$%ing idiot parade–then the kids can see all three viewpoints.” Mapkob says that is “one of the possibilities.”
Unfortunately, the average Russian-on-the-street does not feel any differently from Mapkob. Jones interviewed a number of people and found that even the anti-government activists seemed to support the oppressive laws–something that, while unsurprising given that 74% of Russians don’t think gay people should be accepted by society, is disheartening.
One man told Jones that he “can only imagine taking his kid to school and seeing two dads bringing a kid and me trying to explain to my kid what’s going on there.” Jones offered a simple, yet rejected solution of simply saying “Hey–that kid has two daddies.”
Mapkpop assured Jones that one day he would realize that Putin’s anti-gay ‘Joseph Goebbels’ was correct. “One day you will say to me, ‘Sergey, you were right.'” Jones replied, “I don’t have a lot of certainties in life but the one absolute certainty I have is that I will never say ‘Sergey, you are right.’
Now watch the video, so you can see the cool part (yes, there’s a cool part, and it’s touching).