WATCH: Harvey Fierstein, Dan Savage Equate Russia to 1933 Nazi Germany
BY Sunnivie Brydum
August 15 2013 1:23 PM ET
Actor, Tony-winning playwright, and activist Harvey Fierstein was characteristically animated when he spoke with Hayes and condemned an All In segment that aired earlier this week that he felt dismissed the proposed boycotts of both the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and Dan Savage's call to boycott Russian-made vodka.
Calling the national ban on so-called homosexual propaganda and Russia's refusal to allow gay, lesbian, or single foreigners to adopt Russian orphans "absolutely frightening," Fierstein compared President Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT laws to Nazi Germany.
"It’s time for us to put our foot down and say we will not be the scapegoat of the world any longer,” Fierstein said. "The gay community has, in our history, been attacked in every way you can attack a group. There’s nothing that the human race has thought of to tear down other people that hasn’t been used on us. Thankfully we have, over the centuries, over the decades, and over the last few years made some great strides where people realize we’re just human beings, we are your family, we’re not a strange group from somewhere else. We belong in your family, we’re teachers, parents, children."
Watch Fierstein's appearance below.
Click to the following page to watch Dan Savage argue that his "Dump Russian Vodka" campaign is working and clarify his own comparison of Russia's anti-LGBT climate to the anti-Semitic climate in Adolf Hitler's Germany in 1933.