Posts tagged "russia"

Putin Claims He And Russia Support LGBT Rights Despite The Evidence To The Contrary

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on “60 Minutes” this Sunday that despite all of the evidence to the contrary, Russia is not homophobic and that he supports LGBT rights.
“The problem of sexual minorities in Russia had been deliberately exaggerated from the outside for political reasons, I believe, without

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 28, 2015

Russia Bans PornHub Because It’s Hurting Kids Or Something

Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has banned PornHub and ten other web sites. The agency claims that it’s protecting children, and that the sites illegally distributed and produced pornography.
This is the same agency that claimed that Facebook’s gay pride emojis might be “gay propaganda” aimed at children. It doesn’t take much for Roskomnadzor

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 9, 2015

10-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest Swimmer At World Championship

A Bahrainian girl named Alzain Tareq just became the youngest swimming competitor ever to qualify for the World Championships on Friday in Kazan, Russia, swimming in the 50 meter butterfly heats.
Tareq, whose mother is Scottish, finished with a time of 41.13 seconds. She came in last place, but who really gives a crap, she’s competing with 25 year…

Katrin Higher / August 8, 2015

Russia Thinks Facebook Pride Emojis Might Be Gay “Propaganda”

The Russian government is investigating whether or not Facebook’s pride emojis break its laws about gay “propaganda.” A Russian Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, wrote an appeal to Roskamnadzor, the state’s media watchdog. The complaint has been passed on to the Young Guard for investigation.
Young Guard chairman Dennis Davydov has stated that the group will consult…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 31, 2015

Russian Teens’ Winnie The Pooh-Themed Twerk Routine Causes Big Trouble In Russia

The dance studio is charged with negligence and perverted deeds …

Megan Reynolds / April 14, 2015

10 Beers To Drink In Case You Care That Pabst Is Being Bought Out By A Russian Company

OH NOES! Pabst Brewing Company is being bought out by Russian company Oasis. This doesn’t just mean that the Russians will own PBR — they’ll also own Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Colt 45. No one knows what this will mean for American fans of horrible, horrible beer, partially because it’s probable that nothing will change…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 22, 2014

Pussy Riot To Sue The Russian Government

The two members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, who were imprisoned for speaking out against President Vladmir Putin, are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights. [Guardian UK]
An abortion clinic in Kansas has closed, leaving behind only three in the state. [RH Reality Check]
Here’s a deep dive…

Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2014

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

A Russian politician ordered his aides to “violently rape” Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months’ pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn’t be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya “lesbians.” [Huffington PostRaw Story]
Whoa, what would it look like…

Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

Pussy Riot Tweets Paddy Wagon Selfies After Sochi Olympics Arrest

The two members of Pussy Riot arrested outside the Sochi Olympics tweeted selfies from inside a police wagon today. Authorities still haven’t explained why members of the group, who were planning to perform a new protest song, have been detained. [Daily Dot, Queerty, New York Times]
How evangelical university Patrick Henry College (also called…

Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2014

Panty Protests In Russia And Kazakhstan Sparked By Lace Lingerie Ban

A trade ban on lacy lingerie has Russian consumers and their neighbors with their knickers in a twist. On Sunday, 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan were arrested and thrown into police vans while wearing lace underwear on their heads and shouting “Freedom to panties!” Read more on Huffington Post…

Huffington Post Weird News / February 18, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Detained Outside Of The Olympics

Two members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot say they were detained outside of the Sochi Olympics and accused of vague crimes. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina had been in prison for “hooliganism,” but were granted amnesty right before the Olympics began. [New York Times]
Kanye West has no hard feeling…

Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2014

Gay Foreigners Banned From Adopting Russian Children

Russia has banned adoptions by same-sex couples from countries where same-sex marriage is legal. (The United States has already been banned from Russian adoptions for a year now.) Single folks from countries where same-sex marriage is legal are also banned from adopting Russian children now, too, because obviously if you’re single and want a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Claim They Weren’t Kicked Out After All

Nadezhada Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina say Pussy Riot have been falsely represented online and and they’re still very much part of the Russian punk rock feminist collective. So, they weren’t kicked out of Pussy Riot after all?! I’m so confused. [Guardian UK]
On the sexualization of young Shirley Temple, who died yesterday at age 85.

Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

Pussy Riot Members Kicked Out Of Band

Pussy Riot members back in Russia have kicked Nadezhada Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina out of the feminist punk collective for participating in an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn last night. A message on Pussy Riot’s website said “We never accept money for our performances” and that selling tickets for a show is “highly contradictory to…

Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2014

We See Chick Flicks: HBO’s “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is available on HBO Go and select HBO viewings.

HBO Go and HBO are currently airing a film I’d eagerly been anticipating all year: the Pussy Riot documentary. “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”  follows the arrest, trial and incarceration of three members of the Russian feminist punk band

Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2014

Pussy Riot Win At Life On “The Colbert Report”

Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! You can watch the second part of Colbert’s interview at the link! [Comedy Central]
A breastfeeding mother got kicked out of an Alabama courtroom, despite a state law that says a mother may nurse a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

Pussy Riot Is Headed To Brooklyn!

Just two months after being released from a Russian penal colony, members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot are coming to America. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear at an Amnesty International event called Bringing Human Rights Home, taking place in Brooklyn on February 5th. …

Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

Russian Socialite Dasha Zhukova Poses On Chair Made To Look Like A Black Woman [UPDATE]

Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.

If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop “playing the race card” was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are…

Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Two Members Of Pussy Riot Released From Prison

Two imprisoned members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were released this morning from work camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were granted amnesty last week after serving time on a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism.” …

Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2013
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