Stephen Colbert Responds To Russia’s Ban on Vladimir Putin Gay Clown Images: VIDEO
Last week, a report that Russia has banned images depicting President Vladimir Putin as a gay clown were widely mocked worldwide.
It was reported that the Justice Ministry added the above (and other) images to a list of banned extremist materials which now includes more than 4,000 items.
That poster became popular in 2013, after Russia passed a law banning “gay propaganda” about “nontraditional sexual relations.”
The Justice Ministry acted in response to a verdict last year by the Central Regional Court of Tver, which on May 11, 2016, banned more than a dozen pictures uploaded to the social network Vkontakte by a man named A. V. Tsvetkov. He was sent to psychiatric care after his trial.
Court records say the image showing Putin in makeup “hints at the Russian president’s allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation.”
The court also banned another image Tsvetkov uploaded to Vkontakte depicting Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Nazi uniforms, alongside the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
Stephen Colbert has issued one of the best take-downs of Putin’s latest anti-gay propaganda nonsense
“Straight clown, totally OK,” mused Colbert. “Bisexual lion tamer, again, totally fine! But ‘gay’ and ‘clown,’ Nyet, comrade!”
Naturally, this led to a delightful take on Putin’s image insecurity and plain ol’ homophobic jackassery. Does it involve a dance anthem and Donald Trump clutching Putin’s torso atop a unicorn? Damn skippy it does.
“Because this is America — for now — and we can do anything we want, the Late Show has put together its own artistic interpretation of Vladimir Putin, gay icon,” said Colbert as he tossed to the rainbow-kissed animated sequence.
Watch Colbert’s take below.