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Some of his Best Friends…

Not The Onion, but the BBC:  Winter Olympics: Putin ‘friendly’ with gay people

"I myself know some people who are gay," he said. "We’re on friendly terms. I’m not prejudiced in any way."

Perhaps in the Russian the irony of this type of denial in this type of context is lost.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Tillman says:

    Eh. Mahmoud still takes the cake with “there are no gay people in Iran.”

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  2. Andy says:

    “Friendly” in Russian means that Putin hunts gay people shirtless on horseback.

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  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Andy: Is he wearing pants? “Cause he is one gay mfer.

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  4. Brett says:

    It’s not just Russia – this is a favorite line of people who think similarly to Putin about LGBT people. It was repeatedly used by Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin.

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  5. Franklin says:

    Sure he’s friends with them, just like Santorum and Palin. They all just pray everyday for their “friends” to get “better”. Hate the sin, love the sinner, derp.

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  6. @Brett: Quite true. And perhaps I am being too oblique–the comment reminded me of a common response in the 70s and 80s by people who were accused of being racist, and then would reply something along the lines of “many of my best friends are black,”

    And I see that I left an “n” off of my original comment.

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