World famous charity calendar featuring naked rowers from England’s Warwick University Rowing Club has been banned in Russia.
According to the calendar’s creators, Russian customs officials have recently blocked copies of the 2018 edition from coming into the nation, returning them back to the United Kingdom.
With sales of the annual homoerotic calendar along with associated videos and merchandise, going towards Sports Allies, an organization that combats homophobia in sport, the calendar has been well received across the globe.
In conjunction with Russias ‘Return to sender’ policy, there have also been claims that Russia was behind a cyber attack that temporarily downed the calendar’s website.
Russian officials who are believed to have rejected the calendar under the country’s infamous “gay propaganda” legislation which restricts the depiction of “non-traditional sexual relationships.”
“My heart goes out to the rowers’ Russian fans, who are increasingly subjected to acts of hatred and discrimination that shouldn’t be tolerated in any society anywhere across the globe,” explains Angus Malcolm, who is the producer of Warwick Rowers and the chairman of Sports Allies.
“The fact Russian customs rejected our calendar is nothing compared to the suffering some LGBT+ people face every day, but it acts as a signifier of the wider problem.”
“If they can’t cope with a few naked bums, then frankly that’s quite sad. With the rise of Putin’s brand of populism around the world, we have never needed straight allies like the Warwick Rowers more than we do now.”
Last Updated on Dec 11, 2017