The director’s cuddly approach to the Russian president forces liberal apologists tough choice.
The first incident occurs when Putin tells Stone that he’s never had an off day as president because he’s not a woman.
Putin’s exact words to Stone were ‘I am not a woman so I don’t have bad days.
I am not trying to insult anyone.
That’s just the nature of things.
There are certain natural cycles’ according to a report by Bloomberg.
The second problematic moment occurs when Stone asks Putin about his 2013 law outlawing what they described as ‘gay propaganda’ to minors.
After insisting that Russia does not discriminate by homosexuals because their laws aren’t as restrictive as those in many Muslim countries – Putin admits that he wouldn’t shower with a homosexual man because ‘Why provoke him? But you know I’m a judo master’.These aren’t just reactionary comments by a man whose prejudices include the idea that women can’t control their emotions when they menstruate and that homosexual men might prey on other naked men in a shower.They are hardened views manifested in Russian policy under the Putin regime – from a law that partially decriminalized domestic abuse to the abuse of gay men in Chechnya (as well as the aforementioned 2013 law).(cont..)