ONE of the singers from Russian music duo t.A.T.u has come under fire for comments that she would “condemn” a homosexual son and that gays were “a little better” than murderers or drug addicts.
Speaking on Russian television, Yulia Volkova (pictured above right in 2008) revealed that her once-strong support for LGBTI rights has been all but completely eroded, and that she would not accept her son if he were gay.
“Yes, I would condemn [my son], because I believe that a real man must be a real man,” Volkova said.
“God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son.”
However, she said she would accept a lesbian daughter.
Volkova revealed in a 2003 documentary that despite the homosexual overtones in t.A.T.u’s most famous song, the pair were not gay but supported the LGBTI community.
“Our slogan is to love and it’s not important whom to love,” Volkova said in a 2006 interview with Estonian press.
“We want to say that a boy can love a boy and a girl can love a girl.
“If all people would love each other, it would be easier to live in this world. If people are led by hatred and evil, nothing good would happen from this.”
Her 2006 comments are a contrast to her most recent remarks, but she said her views on gay men did not contradict her previous work.
Volkova also argued that lesbians were “aesthetically nicer” than gay men.
“Two girls together — not the same thing as the two men together,” Volkova said.
“A man has no right to be a fag… It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.
“[But] I want to say that I’m not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag.”
Attempting to defend her support for gay men, Volkova said she had “many gay friends”.
“I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay a little better than the rest,” she said.
Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” laws would likely see t.A.T.u.’s most famous song (and video) banned, with the pair facing possible legal prosecution.
Despite Volkova’s views, her t.A.Tu partner Katina expressed support for LGBT people in a recent Facebook post.
There have also been other Russian pop stars and celebrities that have spoken out in favour of the LGBTI community, despite the possible repercussions of current laws in place.
In 2012, around 300 Russian celebrities signed an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that condemned one of the original propaganda laws from St Petersburg.
““We… are very concerned about the expanding campaign to present St Petersburg as a capital of homophobia and obscurantism,” the letter read.
Music industry signees included the “king of Russian pop” Filipp Kirkorov, the 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, opera crossover star Nikolai Baskov and Russian rock ‘n’ roll legend Valery Syutkin.
H/T: Gay Star News