Anti-gay laws spark Russian vodka boycott
July 31st, 2013
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Bars around the world have stopped serving Russian vodka to protest the country's recently-enacted anti-gay laws.

The movement comes in the wake of several laws implemented by Russian president Vladimir Putin in recent months that ban same sex couples from adopting Russian-born children, allow police to arrest foreigners they suspect as being "pro gay," and outlaw "homosexual propaganda" as pornography.

In response, internationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage started a "Dump Russian Vodka" campaign, asking bartenders and booze enthusiasts to put the Russian stuff back on the shelf.

"Show the world that Russian persecution of gays is unacceptable," a campaign flier states. "Boycott Russian vodka until persecution of gays and their allies ends."

Bars from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia have responded.

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  1. Private personal training

    My personal opinion is we should boycott everything Russian. That country is so backwards.

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    December 10, 2013 at 8:36 am |
  3. Grumpy

    I don't normally drink Vodka, but I've just been out and bought a case. Cheers!!

    August 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  4. tammyb1516

    In ancient times the elite used "Christian atrocities" as a sword point to invadeor bully other nations. Now those elites of today use "civil rights" as a reason to bully or invade.The elite neve cared about Christian rights or civil, it's abot their hidden agenda of a one world order.

    August 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Mike S. of Huntsville, AL

    As a bald, middle-aged handicapped man who is sometimes mistaken for a homosexual, I am against bigotry of any kind! I will not be buying any lovely ladies Russian vodka anytime soon!

    August 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Observer

      You sound cute. Too bad you aren't gay. :(

      August 5, 2013 at 10:26 am |
  6. Edwin

    If those laws were enacted here in good ole 'Murika people would be lining the streets to voice their approval.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  7. WWJD

    I have never purchased Russian Vodka but will do so now. Way to stand-up for the moral people of the world Russia.

    August 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Observer

      You should consider moving to Russia. The government backs the Russian Orthodox church and jails anyone who offends it. They've enacted laws against gays. They have a strong, fascist white man in charge, pretty much for life, who will continue to push a social conservative agenda. They're militaristic. All American social conservatives, particularly the Tea Party, seriously need to look into immigrating to Russia. They'd be welcomed with open arms.

      August 5, 2013 at 10:30 am |
      • tammyb1516

        That dosen't sound half bad actally. A bonus would be if theirs no rap music as well. Keep in mind I don't find raiseing children I may one day give birth to as "being opressed." They would be my children after all.

        August 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  8. G

    Oregon vodkas are 100 times better than that Russian swill anyway.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • Grumpy

      Oregon and Vodka – yeeuk!!

      August 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  9. bs1

    Really folks, this is stupid. Do you honestly think a few vodka distilleries have any control over the laws the semi-authoratarian Russian government makes? It's like boycotting Coke and Pepsi over US foreign policy, just stupid and only harming innocent companies.

    July 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Native Floridian

      Or like has-been musicians boycotting a state that implements a law that helps protect law-abiding citizens. It's not the states fault that the prosecutors caved to media & public pressure.

      Oh, my bad. The prosecutors WERE the state. Bad show guys.

      August 1, 2013 at 6:48 am |
  10. Arthur in the Garden!

    American Vodkas are the way to go!

    July 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Grumpy

      When america can actually make a decent vodka then it can shout, until then it should keep its crudely manufactured vodka for disinfecting its sewers. Russian and Polish vodkas are the best in the world.

      August 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Seems pretty extreme even for modern day Mother Russia.

    July 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • MrsFizzy

      The extremists are taking over. And where one kind of bigotry is in the open, there is usually more there besides.

      August 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Just like social conservative extremists are attempting to take over America.

      August 5, 2013 at 10:31 am |
      • Edwin

        All the while continuing to scream how liberals are the ones trying to destroy this country.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:59 am |
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