Russia’s version of the lads mag Maxim have released an article praising a list of gay men. But there’s a catch.
Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Ian Mckellen topped the list as the author went on to reel off nine more out celebrities:
- British comedian Stephen Fry
- Irish playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde
- Queen frontman Freddie Mercury
- French actor Jean Marais
- Famed mathematician Alan Turing
- Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk
- Judas Priest rocker Rob Halford
- Monty Python‘s Graham Chapman
- American actor and TV host Neil Patrick Harris
The post stated that the list of people are “real men” that they are showing respect to.
The translation reads: “We, men, do not consider men who love men to be men. This is the rule, but there are exceptions. There are gays who have earned our respect and the right to remain real men in our eyes.”
On NPH they wrote: “We weren’t sure about including Neil Patrick Harris in the list — after all, he declared himself a ‘happy gay’ in 2006, but it’s impossible not to respect someone who elevated the hunt for girls into a true art, who systematized all the tricks and techniques and created the ‘Bro Code.’ Even if he was just acting the role.”
Halford was described as being cool, Fry sensible and Mercury an exception to all the rules.
Russia famously has been outspoken in their anti-gay laws, so a story like this while the smallest bit progressive, is still a systematic oppression to the community in having to be a certain type of man.