WATCH: Harvey Fierstein, Dan Savage Equate Russia to 1933 Nazi Germany
BY Sunnivie Brydum
August 15 2013 1:23 PM ET
When Hayes managed to quiet Fierstein's passionate rhetoric, he turned his attention to out author and activist Dan Savage, who proposed a boycott of Russian-made vodka that he says is already having an impact.
“The goal of the boycott is to target an iconic product, and vodka is Russia’s most iconic product," said Savage. "To raise awareness around the world, which is what this vodka boycott called by activists in San Francisco and New York and Seattle has done."
Like Fierstein, Savage compared Russia's current anti-LGBT climate to anti-Semitic attitudes in Weimar Republic Germany, which resulted in Hitler's rise to power and subsequent murder of 6 million Jewish people and hundreds of thousands of others, including LGBT folks.
"We’re not comparing the situation right now in Russia to what went on — what happened to the Jews," explained Savage. "What’s happening in Russia to LGBT people isn’t what happened to Jews in 1943, it’s what happened to them in 1933. People didn’t speak up at the volume they should have, and we’re speaking up now to try to prevent that catastrophe from unfolding."
Watch that exchange below.