Oh Russia, sending us mixed signals again?
It’s nearing close to election time in the Country of Russia with votes set to start in September, and a new interesting video has popped up ahead of that time.
According to GayStarNews, no one knows where the now viral election video came from for sure, but several people have guessed that it’s the work of the local government.
The video itself, which you can watch below, shows two men discussing the upcoming election. The video shows them in deep conversation as they sit at a park bench, ride a public bus, and walk down the sidewalk.
While a translated version has not been found yet, the Moscow Times reports that the two men comment that elections are an “an illusion of democracy.” They then state that they won't vote.
The last scene then shows the two men entering an apartment bedroom and taking their clothes off.
As they do this, one man is overheard saying, “Let the others go and vote. We have more important things to do."
The video ends with one man lying face down on the bed, in just his underwear, and another man closing the door as he unzips his pants.
While this video seems VERY GAY at a first glance, it actually presents a pretty messed up message.
The message the advertisement is trying to present is that if citizens don’t vote, they’re gay. Basically, this is a homophobic scare tactic to get people voting and present this image of LGBT people being lazy/irresponsible citizens. And this isn’t the first time an ad like this has shown up.
When even teenagers are being charged for Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda law, it’s amazing that whoever’s behind this video, government or not, has gotten away with zero fines.
Just another day in Russia.
h/t: Gay Star News, The Moscow Times