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Antigay Russian Lawmaker Takes Aim At Game Of Thrones

St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov says morally bankrupt values often portrayed in Western TV "work on a subconscious level" and are seeping into the national psyche.
St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov says morally bankrupt values often portrayed in Western TV "work on a subconscious level" and are seeping into the national psyche.
By Tom Balmforth

MOSCOW -- A St. Petersburg lawmaker who styles himself as the crusading guardian of traditional Russian values has set his sights on corrupt films and the American TV fantasy series Game Of Thrones.

Vitaly Milonov has appealed to the Culture Ministry to devise a system to brand any film containing what he sees as deviant Western values as "harmful," while also listing the TV shows he feels should be banned.

Milonov, a member of United Russia who is famous for campaigning against so-called gay propaganda, told Izvestia that morally bankrupt values often portrayed in Western TV "work on a subconscious level" and are seeping into the national psyche.

Citing a popular MTV program that began in the 1990s, Milonov said he belonged to the Beavis and Butt-head era. "I'm in general a person of the old generation," Milonov told the pro-Kremlin newspaper. "I grew up when Beavis and Butt-head laughed at homosexuals and it was considered funny."

The animated characters Beavis and Butt-head were famous for their barely literate critiques of music videos and for mocking civilized society, but were not known for laughing at homosexuals.

"Certain ideological things are skillfully edited into everything. They do not affect the content so as not to appear obsessive," Milonov added. "What's more, ideas that were previously unacceptable are treated as absolutely normal. For example, there might be a lesbian or a homosexual in a film."

Milonov singled out the cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones atop his suggested list of TV shows to be banned. 

"Every one in 10 characters is a sexual deviant," he was quoted as saying. "It is precisely through these kinds of works and their popularization in our conscious that a new understanding is being laid down that certain things and phenomena are normal." 

The HBO drama, which is known for its nudity, gore, and sexual violence, is hugely popular in Russia. According to Izvestia last week, some Russian parents have begun naming their children after Game Of Thrones characters.

The name Arya -- a main character in Game Of Thrones -- appeared for the first time in Russian birth registries last year, with eight Aryas registered in Moscow Oblast and four more in St. Petersburg.

Milonov has appealed to the Culture Ministry to devise a quality-control system by which the ministry would authorize films and other works of art with a "stamp of quality." Morally devious works would be branded "harmful." The lawmaker of Russia's culture capital proposed naming the quality-control system "The Concept For Defending The Information Space Of The Fatherland."

Earlier this month Milonov proposed introducing fines on people appearing in public nude or in unacceptable clothing such as undergarments or swimsuits. 


Tom Balmforth

Tom Balmforth covers Russia and other former Soviet republics.

 

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by: Richard Bruce
June 15, 2015 16:08
He's spot on!! Big media has and always will be a source of garbage values. It gives us are PC ideology. It's I believe what's moraly bankrupting our society. Trash in trash out. Why do you think the black youth identify with drug dealing hustling. Everyone is an aspiring rapper. Afraid of being not respected and are willing to fight steal and kill. It's all there ever portrayed as in every movie. It's glorified and also played yes a role in the white perception of the black community. It's as planned I would say. Exactly how they want it to wedge a bigger divide between us. You control the media you set the social values. It's by no coincidence that 5 people own all music media news and movies. There THE Evil Luciferian's.

by: jojnjo from: Dublin
June 15, 2015 18:52
Has this idiot, Milonov, no proper job to do? Like licking wallpaper for a start.

by: Stephen from: Colorado
June 15, 2015 20:01
They would be wise to just ban all American television. It is pretty much all a load of toxic crap.

by: Jesusaurus Rex
June 15, 2015 20:51
Anyone taking bets this guy, like all fanatical anti-gays, is a closet gay?
Just a matter of time before he's arrested for performing indecent acts on another man in an airport toilet.

by: SwartWit from: South Africa
June 16, 2015 12:30
So why does this twit, who I presume is part of "KGB" counter intelligence, not make a TV series that will be hugely popular around the world. Then he can include his values and culture and let the world vote with their eyes. Please entertain us homophobe.

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