Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

The mad geniuses of Mad magazine are giving Russia the attention it deserves for the country’s treatment of LGBT people.

The magazine’s year-end “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things” issue hits stands December 18, and Russia clocks in at number 13 on the list for passing legislation banning so-called gay propaganda. 

Aptly titled “Protecting the Homophobe-Land,” Mad’s hilarious ripping of Russia is accompanied by artwork in the style of a throwback propaganda poster with a wet and shirtless President Vladimir Putin at its center — a parody of Putin’s publicity photo stunt, which was designed to make the Russian president look like a macho man, but ended up resembling homoerotic photo art.

The entry reads:

  President Vladimir Putin says that gays will be welcome at the upcoming Olympic games in Russia. True, he’ll be welcoming them as a homophobe, but they’ll be “welcome” nonetheless. Vlad signed a new law this year prohibiting “gay propaganda” and giving the Russian government authority to impose fines on anyone who violates it. Oddly, he also posed shirtless in a pathetic series of lame photos intended to show him off as a macho Bolshevik, but instead made him look, surprise surprise, totally gay. We’re still waiting for him to fine himself for creating such outrageous, immoral, yet strangely stimulating “gay propaganda”!  

Take a look at the full image Mad shared exclusively with The Advocate below and for more from the fun-loving publication, subscribe to the magazine.