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Kind of a vapid statement.  Why does Russian "culture" have to include homophobia, (as he seems to be implying)?  Why the false parallel between making a statement against recent homophobic laws, and "hating Russia"?  He says he doesn't want to make a political statement, then goes on to say that his being in Russia will support "our people," (presumably LGBT athletes, or LGBT Russians).  Honey, being openly gay IS a political statement.  Suffice to say, I don't totally disagree with him on that point, (it's why I somewhat supported Elton's decision to go there, and lauded Cher's decision not to), but would have appreciated a more intelligent statement.