Posts tagged "russia"

Figure Skater Johnny Weir Defends His NBC Olympics Gig In Russia Despite The Country’s Gay Discrimination

“I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting. … It’s pretty obviou…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2013

Wentworth Miller Comes Out … As A 41-Year-Old

Rejecting an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on account of Russia’s criminalization of homosexuality, “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay … but we’re more shocked he’s 41. Damn, 41 looks good. [TMZ]
Screw wedding planning: Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock have decided to just…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2013

Why Everyone At The 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia Will Be Holding Hands

As, you’ve no doubt heard, Russia recently enacted an anti-gay law, banning all “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations [in front of minors], and makes any expression of real or perceived homosexuality – even something as innocuous as same-sex hand-holding – potentially illegal.” The Russian government has warned that this law against homosexuality will apply to…

By: Daley Quinn / August 18, 2013

Andy Cohen Refuses To Host Miss Universe In Russia Because Of It’s Anti-Gay Bigotry

Andy Cohen has a heart in there after all! The Bravo bigwig and “Watch What Happens Live!” star turned down an offer to host the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow due to Russia’s criminalization of homosexuality. Applause. [Eonline]
Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who played the Lori Foreman (Eric’s sister) on “That…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2013

These Are Real-Deal Russian Portraits Of Cats

Russia’s Hermitage Museum holds more than three million works of art, and is the largest museum in the world. It’s also, likely the only museum with its own staff of stray cat security guards. The 65 badass, mice-killing cats to roam its grounds at night, killing vermin and protecting the museum’s precious works from harm.

By: Julie Gerstein / August 15, 2013

This Is What Tampon Commercials Look Like In Russia

In Russia, you don’t have period, period has YOU! In all seriousness, this Russian Tampax commercial (very graphic, by the way, so if you’re squeamish, skip), shows the imagined terror of mixing periods and open water swimming. Any truth to the notion that periods attract sharks? According to Vancouver Aquarium spokesperson Ann Dreoloni, “Honestly, I think…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2013

Russian Law Would Pretend Gay People Don’t Exist

According to a Russian bill that passed by a unanimous vote, it would be illegal to tell children that gay people exist or that homosexuality is socially equal to heterosexuality. The bill has passed Russia’s lower house of parliament and now heads to its upper house, where it is expected to pass. President Vladimir Puti…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Man Takes Four People Hostage, Demands Pizza

Have you ever got a pizza craving so intense that you’re like, “I would totally take four people hostage for several hours in order to get my hands on some pizza right now”? Me too, obviously, but I’ve never acted on it. Yesterday, a man in southern Russia did just that, bursting into a college…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

Baby-Making Music: Russian Prez Vladimir Putin Hires Boys II Men To Help Russians Get It On

We couldn’t even make this up if we tried: Russian president Vladimir Putin has brought in the big guns to get Russia’s population on the upswing, and has hired Boyz II Men — yes, of “I’ll Make Love To You” fame — to play in the country on February 6. According to the Moscow

By: Julie Gerstein / February 1, 2013

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Plays The Alcordion

Dear Ivan Zamotaev,

I’ve always had a thing for men who play accordions, so when you walked onto the “Russia’s Got Talent” stage and debuted your talent–playing a fascinating instrument called an “alcordion”–I was immediately intrigued. And then I found out that the “alcordion” is just an alcoholic accordion, with a bottle of vodka…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 24, 2013

IKEA Pulls Pussy Riot Photo From Web Site

IKEA has pulled a photo depicting four people dressed like Pussy Riot, sitting on their couches wearing brightly-colored face covering balaclava masks.  The image — which appears to be a reference to the three punk rockers who were jailed this summer for speaking out publicly against the government — was uploaded onto IKEA’s Russia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

German Court Rules Insurance Must Cover M-To-F Transexuals Breast Implants

A German court has ruled that male-to-female transsexuals have a legal right to have their breast implants covered by health insurance if their hormone therapy does not give them an A-cup. The Federal Social Court in Kassel was ruling in a case of a 62-year-old trans woman whose insurance covered a sex change and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2012

Pussy Riot Book To Raise Money For Feminist Punk Band’s Legal Defense

A who’s-who list of indie musicians and artists are contributing to a new e-book of essays published to help raise money for the Pussy Riot legal defense team. Three members of the Russian feminist punk band were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism” last month after they staged a protest inside a church

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2012

Be My Boyfriend: Russian Pasta Artist

Dear Sergey Pakhomov aka The Pasta Artist,

Six years ago you were working on an ad campaign for a Russian macaroni company and were struck by divine inspiration: what if you built models of various objects using macaroni? So you did, and the ad campaign fizzled, but your life was forever changed. Now…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 6, 2012

Worst Boyfriend Ever Pretends To Die In Order To Show Girlfriend What Life Would Be Like Without Him

Alexey Bykov wanted to prove to his girlfriend how important he was to her. How romantic, right? So he contracted a stuntman, makeup artist, screenwriter and director to stage a fake car crash just so his girlfriend could watch him die. Only, of course, Bykov, 30, from Onsk, Russia, wasn’t actually dead. He had staged…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 4, 2012

Pussy Riot: Two Members Of Feminist Punk Band Flee Russia, Fearing Arrest

Following the conviction of three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, two additional members have fled the country, fearing arrest for their participation in the band’s punk prayer performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Church. Last week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (above), Mariya Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison for…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2012

The Man Married To Pussy Riot

“Media attention has blown the girls up to the size of Russia’s government,” said Pyotr Verzilov, husband of 22-year-old Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova, in a Skype chat two weeks ago. This was before a Russian judge sentenced Nadya and bandmates Katya Samutsevich, age 29, and Maria Alyokhina, age 24, to two years in prison. Before Yoko Ono called…

By: NYMag.com / August 20, 2012

Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism [UPDATED]

A judge found three members of Pussy Riot — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich — guilty of “hooliganism,” while hundreds of people protested outside the courthouse, calling for “Russia without Putin.” The judge in the case, Marina Syrova, said the three defendants “committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred.”  The sentence has yet to…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 17, 2012

Pussy Riot Issues Statement On Eve Of Court Verdict

Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has written a letter, passed through her lawyers, on the night before her court verdict is read. Pussy Riot has been on trial these past two weeks in Russia over an incident in February when the feminist punk band disrupted a church service and spoke out publicly against…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2012

Pussy Riot: Everything You Need To Know About The Case That’s Rocking Russia

Back in February, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich — three members of the controversial Russian feminist band Pussy Riot — walked into Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and engaged in a raucous performance at the church’s altar. Shedding their winter clothes, the girls, clad in colorful dresses and balaclavas, danced and jumped…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 13, 2012