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Russian Olympian Slams Critics Of Anti-Gay Law: ‘We Consider Ourselves Normal, Standard People’

by David Badash on August 16, 2013

in 2014 Winter Olympics,Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News

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A Russian Olympic athlete considered the top women’s pole vaulter in the world yesterday slammed critics of President Vladimir Putin‘s anti-gay laws by saying that Russians are “normal, standard people” — unlike “European people.”

Yelena Isinbayeva, 31, has won three Olympic medals, and took to the stage to condemn public homosexuality, and to personally chastise several Swedish athletes in Moscow this week at the World Championships. At least two women on Sweden’s national team painted their fingernails in various rainbow colors as a show of support for Russia’s LGBT community.

Vladimir Putin has been waging war on his LGBT citizens, and enabling violent anti-gay hate to run rampant, mutating into a perverted form of Russian national pride. Russians are now filming their violent attacks on LGBT people and cheerfully posting them to online social media sites and YouTube. Much of the Western world has expressed outrage over the treatment of LGBT people in Russia, ahead of the 2014 Winer Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Of the Swedes’ “stunt,” Isinbayeva labeled it “disrespectful to our country.”

“It is disrespectful to our citizens. We are Russians. Maybe we are different to European people, to other people in other lands.”

“We are very afraid, and this is my opinion also, that if we allow people to promote and do all this [being openly LGBT] in the street we are scared for our nation.

“We consider us normal people, where boys live with women, women live with boys. It comes from our history. We never had any of these problems in Russia and we don’t want to have it in the future.”

“We have our law which everyone has to respect.”

Isinbayeva also said that homosexuality is a choice and not normal, although she claimed that LGBT athletes were welcome to compete on Russia’s teams.

emmagreentregaro on Instagram“At least two Swedish athletes competed Thursday with their fingernails painted in rainbow colors at Luzhniki Stadium, the venue that also hosted the 1980 Moscow Olympics,” the New York Daily News reports:

Emma Green Tregaro, who won a bronze medal at the 2005 worlds, posted a picture of her fingers on the social media site Instagram, saying “Nails painted in the colors of the rainbow.” She followed that with several hashtags, including “(hash)pride” and “(hash)moscow2013.”

“The first thing that happened when I came to Moscow and pulled my curtains aside was that I saw the rainbow and that felt a little ironic,” Green Tregaro said in a video posted on the website of Swedish newspaper Expressen. “Then I had a suggestion from a friend on Instagram that maybe I could paint my nails in the colors of the rainbow and that felt like a simple, small thing that maybe could trigger some thoughts.”

Swedish sprinter Moa Hjelmer also had her nails painted in the rainbow colors when she ran in the 200-meter heats.

“Some teammates have done the same,” Sweden team spokesman Fredrik Trahn said. “The federation has not discussed it. It is all up to the athletes.”

Sadly, the Russian indoctrination machine is firmly in place.

“Isinbayeva’s popularity in Russia is so great that she is to serve as ‘mayor’ of one of the Olympic villages in Sochi,” ESPN adds:

She is also an ambassador for the Youth Olympics.

Sochi organizing committee spokeswoman Svetlana Bobrova said the body had no reason to comment on Isinbayeva’s statements about the painted fingernails.

Isinbayeva is on Twitter and Facebook.

Image insert: Emma Green Tregaro’s nails, by Emma Green Tregaro, via Instagram

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{ 11 comments }

SantiAcosta August 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

Sadly she's right. It's normal to hate.

Mykelbarber August 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

Yep. That lamp-jaw from testosterone shots is indicative of the closet case Olympian. Sad.

kbg351 August 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

My thoughts exactly! She looks trans-gender!

castlerockbear August 16, 2013 at 9:13 am

HATEFUL BITCH!….She isn't living in the real world at all!….But, it's just like Russia to claim they don't have something, or that something doesn't exist! How long did it take for them to admit they had HIV in Russia? SHAMEFUL PEOPLE!! In Russia if they turn there back on it, it isn't there!

SeanLiberty13 August 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

That Nazi whore is the one that is not normal, she's not even human. A grain of sand is more of a human than she is.

elizapar11 August 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

is that a man?

sheilaeconfer August 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Sigh. Calling her a bitch, a whore and suggesting she is male aren't really effective seeing as you all simply stoop to her level.

kbg351 August 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

She looks trans-gender!

James_M_Martin August 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Oh, boy, we're back to that "normal" debate. That one all but disappeared…when, the 60s? Is Russia THAT far behind? Sheesh! I suppose this silly woman has never set an electric alarm clock to get up in the morning. I must guess she has never toasted bread with a toaster oven. I must suspect she has never taken an antibiotic. I have to believe she's never driven a car. Flown in a plane. There is nothing "natural" about all of these things, yet we have them. If something can be done, it is natural by definition. That others fear it suggests irrationality.

labman57 August 17, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hmmm. Perhaps Russia should cut to the chase and design an Olympic Flame for the opening ceremonies in which a gay couple is burned in effigy.
It would serve as suitable symbolism for the homophobic fervor that the Russian government has been fomenting lately.

tjchase August 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Countries such as Russia, Africa and many of the under educated places across the globe need to be put in their place. Denying human rights is just wrong and should not be tolerated. This bitch represents Russia's hatred for human rights and communist.

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