January 17, 2014

Homophobia a Great Career Move in Russia

Michael Bohm, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

In Russia, it pays to be a homophobe. After his recent homophobic statements, Okhlobystin earned praise from his many old — and newly ­acquired — fans who support his views. He not only retained his leading role in the popular series "Interny" on TNT television, but on Tuesday he was appointed creative director of VAON, a fashionable clothing retailer. Meanwhile, Mamontov and Kiselyov have helped increase ratings on Rossia 1 television in no small measure thanks to their numerous homophobic comments about the need to cleanse Russia of its "sodomite contagion."

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