May 12, 2014

Bearded Lady's Win Is One in the Eye for Putin

Cristina Odone, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Putin has depicted the West as the decadent incubator of gays and lesbians: too much freedom and diversity have created a soft and libertine people to be pitied and despised. The honest folk of Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine must steer clear of Western influence, lest they become infected by its perversions. With her Eurovision victory, the Bearded Lady from Austria unwittingly fired the opening salvo in this culture war. Putin thinks that Westerners will prove a push-over when it comes to defending sexual freedom. I’m not so sure.

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TAGGED: Conchita Wurst, Eurovision, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Europe


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