Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Harvey Fierstein On Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown, Stoli Vodka Boycott And 'Rat Putin'" - HuffPost

Harvey Fierstein
08/01/2013 by Michelangelo Signorile- Playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein says it’s time to let the world know that the LGBT community is “too dangerous to mess with” and that “Rat Putin” is the perfect guy to use to send that message.

The Tony Award-winner, whose smash Broadway hit “Kinky Boots” is riding high, had sounded the alarm on Russia’s anti-gay crackdown in a NewYork Times Op-Edand called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress, Fierstein said he was just “getting angrier and angrier” about the Russian government’s actions and wanted to try to get people involved.(Scroll down to listen to the interview)
“It seemed to me a really good time for us as a community to say, ‘You know what boys? Time to stop fucking with us,’” he said, also backing the boycott of Stolichnaya Vodka that has taken off worldwide. “It’s time for them to stop making money. Time for churches to stop raising money by demonizing us. Time for politicians to stop making money by demonizing us. It’s time to make the gay community too dangerous to do that to. Russia happens to be a great place to do it because Putin -- I call him 'Rat Putin' -- is such a villain. I think there’s an entire movement here and an opportunity to say the gay community is no longer available to be your scapegoat.”
Fierstein urged LGBT people to take a stand.
“A lot of people are saying, ‘We can’t do this, we can’t do that,’” he said. “You can do everything. You don’t necessarily see the results right away. We have to create an environment where we are too dangerous to mess with. “
Listen to the full interview:

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