During Novosibirsk tour “Spiritual talks” on December, 8 Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, 47, made several harsh homophobic remarks while fully packed venue greeted them with applause.
Okhlobystin said: “I myself would shove all live gays into furnace. This is Sodom and Gomorrah, I as a beliver in God can not treat this indifferently, this is a live threat to my kids!… I do not want my kids to think that faggots are normal. This is lavender fascism. If a person can not choose someone of an opposite sex for procreation – this is a overt sign of mental abnormality, so they should be denied of voting rights”, NGS NEWS reports.
Okhlobystin is known for a series of homophobic remarks back in 2012.
Okhlobystin became popular in the late 1990s but, following a religious conversion, withdrew to a monastery and became a Russian Orthodox priest. In early 2010 he resumed his entertainment career. Later that year he was named the creative director of Euroset, Russia’s largest handset retailer. Okhlobystin plays head of the therapy department in a medical sitcom “Interny” on TNT TVchannel (Wikipedia).
UPDATED ON DECEMBER, 13:
Later in his twitter Okhlobystin replied to a question on how this statement is supposed to be understood? He said:
[There is] too much pathos. It all sounded much simplier. But the meaning is transmitted correctly. Everyone has a right to have a personal opinion.
After that he added:
For a man there are only two options available to have an attitude toward sodomites: either acceptance or rejection. Given the aggression with which sodomites dictate their will to the world, there can not be some middle way. If you continue to flirt with sodomites, citing the rules of international, civil or criminal law – it means to be cunning and violating the law of God. Putting it simple – to serve the devil. Even non-participation in the solution of this problem is a betrayal of God, whatever numerous and often conflicting “rights” claim. Plus the existence of official organizations which sodomites have in all their forms, from homosexuals to pedophiles – it is a direct insult to the feelings of believers in God, and therefore it should be prosecuted.
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Okhlobystin provided more explanation:
Many people discuss what I said at “Spiritual Talks” in Novosibirsk. But this is not the whole truth – I said it in Togliatti, Obninsk, Fryazino, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Zelenograd, Tomsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Gomel, Vitebsk, Minsk, Ivanovo, Riga, Tallinn, Orel, Samara, Izhevsk, Kirov, Omsk, Barnaul , Krasnodar, Penza, Saratov, Kazan and Rostov-on-Don. And every time people stood up and applauded these words. These are not my words, it’s their thoughts. I was only saying these thoughts out loud.
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The audio from Okhlobystin’s Novosibirsk tour is available: