Anti-Gay ‘Vote Putin’ Video Goes Viral in Russia
A homophobic video urging Russians to re-elect President Vladimir Putin has gone viral less than a month before the country’s election.
The video, which appeared on social media on Friday, tells voters that if Putin’s rivals win they will take Russia into a “nightmare” future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men.
In the video, a middle-aged man dreams of a future without Putin, who is expected to win a fourth term in the March 18 vote.
In one of them, the character sees a gay man sitting in his kitchen filing his nails and eating a banana suggestively.
One of Putin’s election rivals, liberal candidate Ksenia Sobchak, has called for Russia to allow gay marriage — an unlikely prospect in a socially conservative country.