Vitaly Milonov, the man behind Russia’s highly controversial law that outlaws “gay propaganda”, has spoken out against iconic gay figure, Stephen Fry.
Speaking to the AFP
during an interview in St Petersburg, Milonov declared that Fry was a “bringer of evil”, that he believes homosexuality is a perversion, and thanked God for providing Russia with a leader as courageous as Vladimir Putin who is able to defend Russian values.
Milonov first introduced the “gay propaganda” law into the local parliament in St Petersburg, of which he is a lawmaker. Following that city’s adoption of the law, it was picked up by the federal parliament, passed nationwide and ten signed into law by Putin in June of this year. The law has garnered much international outrage, with many calling for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. However, when Milonov sat down with the APF this week, he remained defiant describing the legislation as “preventative”. He declared that it was “a declaration of our values, our responses to the challenges of the present time.” He then proceeded to applaud Putin for taking such a stance and “resist[ing] the wave of degradation that has seized the Western world.” He said: “Thank God that we have Putin, who defends the basic interests of Russia, for defending its values.”
Milonov, a father of two, sees the law as assisting in the promotion of Russian family values and to protect their children. This law is important as “we have to defend the future of our children.”
Along with attempting to put a positive spin on the legislation and his views, Milonov hit back at Fry, who, among others, has called for Russia to be stripped of its right to host the 2014 Winter Games
. Milonov has said, “For me Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil, as he expresses ideas which are evil.”
This is not the first time to two have traded barbs. They met and had a face-to-face meeting in St Petersburg in March of this year, as part of documentary Fry was working on about homosexuality. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye and have regularly attacked each other in the media ever since.
Given all the publicity that has arisen in the wake of this legislation, it has resulted in the exact opposite of what it was intended… giving voice and a platform to that which it is trying to suppress. As Blaine (Darren Criss) so eloquently put it on this week’s Glee
season premiere: "Our generation is at a turning point, people everywhere – except, like, Russia – are beginning to see that it doesn't matter who you are or where you're from or even what god you believe in, they're beginning to see we aren't all that different.” We eagerly await Fry’s response.