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Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's Hang Out!

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The Associated Press reports that last year's headline-grabbing Eurovision winner would like to spend some quality time with Vladimir Putin. The details:

The bearded Austrian cross-dresser says she would "love to spend at least a week with him" because she wants to understand what it means to "be President Putin."

<figcaption>Conchita Wurst</figcaption>
Conchita Wurst

This is supposed to be intepreted by western news consumers as a cheeky proposition that will drive all of Russia crazy with homophobic rage. The never-ending campaign to paint Russia as some sort of backwoods Alabama where gay people are tarred and feathered is truly comical. Putin perfectly described Russian attitudes towards homosexuality during the Sochi Olympics: 


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