Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Mad magazine's year-end '20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things' issue includes Russia among the worst of 2013 for the country’s appalling treatment of LGBT people.

BY Jase Peeples

December 03 2013 6:01 PM ET

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.

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