U.S. Director Oliver Stone, who is best known for JFK and Natural Born Killers, appears to be in support of the infamous ‘Gay Propaganda’ legislation enforced by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Stone’s apparent support for the legislation which was introduced in 2013, has been brought to light in a newly released interview, in which the director interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in late June 2019.
During the interview, of which the transcript has only just been released by the Russian Government, Stone criticises the culture of young Americans, telling Putin, “Young people … are spoiled to some degree in the Western world.”
“It’s very strange right now … I’ve been a rebel all my life. Still, am,” Stone continues.
“And I have to tell you, I’m shocked by some of the behaviours and the thinking of the new generation. It takes so much for granted. And so much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries (is) about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender. It goes on forever, and there is a big fight about who is who.”
“It’s not a healthy culture … Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it … It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.”
In response to Stone’s comments, Putin attempts to Waterdown his policy and adds, “It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live. There are no restrictions at all after this.”
Russia’s current legislation on ‘gay propaganda’ subjects its citizens to fines of up to 5,000 rubles, with public officials being liable to fines of up to 50,000 rubles if they are deemed to be promoting “non-traditional relationships,” or promote any discussion of LGBTI issues in any medium or space where it could be seen or heard by children.
Organisations or businesses operating in Russia who breach the legislation can also be fined up to one million rubles and can be forced to stop trade for up to 90 days.
Non-Russian citizens can also be arrested and detained for up to 15 days before prior to deportation if found to be in breach of the legislation. They may also be fined up to 100,000 rubles.