Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/24/2014
The Russian Broadway Community Responds to Russian Anti-Gay Propoganda Law
Anybody who has been paying even a modicum of attention to the 2014 Winter Olympics knows about the outrage caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign into law an act prohibiting the promotion of nontraditional sexual relationships to minors. The law isn’t only disappointing from a basic human rights perspective, but specifically worrisome for gay Olympians, who fear they may face discrimination or even arrest while participating in the games. Activists all over the world have made their feelings about this situation known — from American LGBTQ groups to Sweden to, now, even the Broadway community. Stars like Michael Urie, Andrew Rannells, Laura Benanti and Jonathan Groff (and many others) recently came together to, in true Broadway fashion, turn their outrage into an elaborate parody featuring song and dance in this video directed by John West.
Cody Williams, one of the video’s producers, told the FBomb in an email that he was inspired to help create the video because, “People in Russia are being persecuted because of who they love” and that he “hope(s) that we can make the world aware of the absurdity of the Russian government’s anti-gay philosophy.”
All we can say here at the Fbomb is hear, hear! And without further ado, here’s the amazing video.