Mar 7, 2014
British Actor Stephen Fry Protests the Winter Olympics in Russia
Posted on Aug 8, 2013
Since Russia passed several draconian anti-gay laws, many human rights activists have criticized the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi. Now, the gay English actor Stephen Fry has written an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for a ban on those games in February.
Despite personal political differences, Fry has expressed his respect for Cameron’s upholding of LGBT rights in the U.K. by helping pass same-sex marriage legislation. In the letter, he compared holding the Winter Games in Russia to those held in 1936 in Berlin, stating that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews.”
The Guardian reports:
A couple of months before the heinous laws were passed in June, Fry met with Vitaly Milonov, the politician responsible for St. Petersburg’s ban on gay propaganda last year. The meeting ended in Milonov’s promise to pray for Fry’s soul, a discussion you can soon watch in the actor’s documentary “Out There” on BBC2.
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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