Staff Media Lead
Russia has been in the crosshairs of the LGBT community this year as a result of the nation’s “homosexual propaganda” law that was passed earlier this summer; as well as the series of anti-gay declarations that have come from the nation.
One such sentiment was recently uttered by Russian actor (and former priest) Ivan Okhlobystin. The 47-year-old, who stars in the Russian version of Scrubs
, made homophobic remarks during a “spiritual talk,” say sources from The Hollywood Reporter
"I would put all the gays alive into an oven," Okhlobystin told cheering fans
in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. "This is Sodom and Gomorrah! As a religious person, I cannot be indifferent about it because it is a real threat to my children!" He even went as far as to compare homosexuality to fascism.
Though it seems a greater threat (and fascist action) would be shoving live people into an oven, the actor stands by his words. Saying
via Twitter, "The meaning was rendered correctly," he said. "Everyone has the right to express their opinions."
Nikolay Alexeyev, the leader of Moscow’s gay community, responded to RSN radio that the actor was "inciting hatred and enmity toward a social group,” and could be denied visas to “civilized countries” for his remarks.