The UK may be in the throes of election fever as the nation heads to the polls, but if you’re feeling in a state of uncertainty and flux, look to Russia where one key thing has not and will not ever change: President Vladimir Putin is still a sexist, homophobic douchebag.
The latest wrath-inducing reminders of his existence have reached us courtesy of filmmaker Oliver Stone, who recently had the displeasure of interviewing the controversial politician for his documentary The Putin Interviews.
During a tour of the Kremlin, Putin, who once thought it funny to call President Moshe Katsav of Israel a “mighty man” after he was accused of raping 10 female staff, had this to say:
“I am not a woman so I don’t have bad days. I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”
This Twitter user’s response sums up our feelings perfectly:
if he tells this in front of me, he will have a very bad day, machoman.
— Maria Medina (@MariaANana43) June 6, 2017
The Kremlin’s press department has insisted that Putin’s hilarious gag was lost in translation because “Russian is a very complicated language”, but we all know that there is literally no way that such a comment could be anywhere close to amusing. Not least because it’s totally unoriginal. There are not enough eye-rolling emojis to accurately reflect our boredom.
Unfortunately, it got worse.
During a conversation about gay men serving in the military, Stone asked Putin: “If you’re taking a shower in a submarine with a man and you know he’s gay, do they have a problem with that?”
To which the man who thinks homosexuality represents “spiritual decay” replied: “Well, I prefer not to go to shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I’m a judo master.”
Something tells us he won’t be needing those supposed judo skills because no self-respecting woman or man, gay or otherwise, would touch that guy with a barge pole.