Sochi Mayor Denies that Gays Live in Sochi, Vows to Change His Name

Posted: January 27, 2014 in breaking news, comedy, humor, olympics, popular culture & entertainment, satire, Sports, television
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Yahoo Sports-The mayor of Sochi has added a bizarre twist to the gay rights saga enveloping the Winter Olympics by claiming that not a single gay person lives in his city.
With the controversy surrounding Russia’s “gay propaganda” law continuing to rage, Anatoly Pakhomov made comments to BBC television program Panorama that will do nothing to shift the country’s reputation away from being unenlightened on LGBT rights.

“It is not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live,” Pakhomov said. “We do not have them in our city.”

Russia has defended its policy, with president Vladimir Putin arguing that its much-criticized anti-gay legislation was designed to protect children and will have no impact on visitors to the Games, which run from Feb. 7 to 23.
Putin tried to personally defuse the issue last week by addressing it in a series of interviews with international news anchors, insisting that he had a number of gay friends and, somewhat amusingly, was a fan of singer Elton John.
The president may be less than impressed with the timing of Pakhomov’s claim, one that can only be described as laughable, especially with Sochi home to a number of gay nightlife venues.
When pressed about Sochi’s apparent lack of any gay residents, Pakhomov reportedly snapped: “I am not sure, but I don’t bloody know any,” according to the BBC.

“Our hospitality will be extended to everyone who respects the laws of the Russian Federation and doesn’t impose their habits on others.”

Pakhomov’s wording is consistent with the message regularly delivered by Russian politicians on the topic – namely, subtle undertones of intolerance.
Putin was accused of linking homosexuality to pedophilia when he first appeared to extend a warm welcome to gay Olympic visitors, but qualified his remarks by asking them to “leave children alone, please.”
The inflammatory law that was passed last summer has vague wording and it remains to be seen how it will be implemented in practice. Its provisions refer to propaganda promoting “non-traditional” sexual relations to minors and it is unclear what exactly constitutes such promotion.

Apparently the mayor of Sochi has not visited with any of Russia’s male ice dancers or popped in the locker room to chat with the female hockey team lately. You gotta love the non-apologetic and oblivious stance that he and the law makers are taking in trying to get rid of the gays in the city. They made a law saying poofs can’t live in the city and now they just believe that they all must have packed up their rainbows and headed for San Francisco in their Prius’s. It’s like that church lady you used to know who told everyone her husband wasn’t a pedophile and he really loved god, even though when you went to her house the furniture was made out of back issues of Puffy Nips and Tiger Beat magazines. Hanson was blaring from the basement where the husband never left even when the house was on fire. 100% delusional. And maybe the kicker is the fact that the mayor’s name is Anatoly PakHOMOv. Gimmie a break dude, you’ve got homo right in your name!! Maybe spend a little less time kicking out the kind of people that can jump start an economy in the middle of a dust bowl depression with their extravagant spending (haircuts for the boys, denim body suits for the girls) and start collecting their tax money like any normal, faceless, oppressive government. You wonder why everyone hates Russia? Anti-Gay laws, nuclear meltdowns, and Rocky 4. In that order. All the vodka in the world won’t get you out of that hole. And tell Putin to stop trying to make the situation better by saying he knows a few gay people and even likes Elton John songs. I have met 3 black people in person and I watch a ton of football and basketball but that doesn’t mean we’re all hanging out and everything is tizz-ight. (I can say that right? I did disclose that I have actually shook hands with a black person. I’m in. We’re good right? You said we were gonna be friends!! Shooter!!!)

-Ken

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