A Russian religious television channel announced it would pay for one-way plane tickets for gay people who wish to leave the country.
In a video posted on its social media channels this week, Tsargrad TV announced a competition for gay people to win a one-way plane ticket overseas.
“Just recently, California – the most liberal state in the USA by the way – proposed to facilitate the granting of green cards to Russian perverts,” said TV host Andrei Afanasyev.
The channel obviously has no problem with name-calling LGBT people and regularly uses offensive language when they are concerned.
“The staff of Tsargrad TV support this initiative. Moreover, we are ready to pay for a one-way ticket to anyone who plans to emigrate in complete earnest, and can provide a medical certificate proving that they are sodomites or have other forms of perversion,” he added. “We really want you to move there, where you can openly submit to your sins.”
The channel insisted it was not a joke and that it “wants to do good”.
Tsargrad is a niche satellite channel that was established to promote Christian Orthodox values. Its name means Constantinople and it claims an audience of about a quarter of the Russian population. The channel routinely criticizes Western countries for having “low morals”. Tsargrad’s founder, Konstantin Malofeev is a prominent businessman who vocally supports President Vladimir Putin. Interestingly, he compares his views as the equivalent of America’s Fox News channel.
Nevertheless, some people have expressed interest in accepting the offer, although it is unclear if they are really serious.
A large number of people responding to the video were outraged, but a few agreed with it, saying: “I support Tsargrad. Let gays go to their USA. We have our own values in Russia, Orthodox one. Godly ones,” said one user.
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