Sunday, May 27, 2007

From Russia Without Love

100 gay rights demonstrators were attacked by a hostile crowd as they tried to deliver a letter to Moscow's mayor on Sunday. Many of the activists were detained by police, including veteran British activist Peter Tatchell.

The opponents punched and threw eggs at the demonstrators, chanting "Moscow is not Sodom!" (No kidding, apparently it's not even Hooterville.) One woman, wearing a headscarf typical of those worn by Russian Orthodox women, repeatedly threw water from a bottle on Tatchell as he tried to speak. Perhaps she was trying to cool him off, like some of the folks on the Halsted Street balconies do for us when we're marching in the parade. Or not.

All I can say is, in a crowd full of gay men, she's lucky no one knocked her on her ass for that--we ain't all chivalrous and shit, and we don't just "take it" like boys are taught to do. We had to put up with lots of bullshit all through life, and since society's laws of fair play weren't applied to us, neither do we apply them now. If we didn't get a free pass, they don't get one either. Besides, you know that sexy romantic thing that always makes men want to "protect" them? We ain't got it! We may carry your groceries and mow your lawn and lift heavy things for you, but we won't take that kind of shit from you, Svetlana. Pack that in your Orthodox headscarf while you're shopping for vodka.

The Liberal Democratic Party leader was the only government official to support the demonstrators, saying that it's embarrassing for the country to behave like this when they want to be part of the European Union.

Ahh, but you see, conservatives are like that: they don't want change. They don't want to accept anybody different, and they want to stay firmly planted in whatever decade they were happiest in. They don't want to assimilate. They want to insulate. Which, frankly, is fine with me.

Wouldn't it be too funny if we were headed for another Cold War, and this time over social values rather than economic ones?

We could call it the "Flame War!"


Blogger Jason Falls said...

Russians are fags ... er ... um ... yeah.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

No, just ballet dancers. Because it's so MANLY.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Ed said...

We won't fight a war over something as insignificant as gay rights. We only fight wars over Oil and sand fleas.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Ed: Good point. That's the one thing that Bush and Vladimir Pukin have in common. Except Vladdy was smart enough not to commit his promising, smart youngsters to an unwinnable war, and threaten to start others.

12:48 AM  

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