Thursday, 6 April 2017

tears of a clown

Via Boing Boing, we learn that Russia has just banned the propagation of the image that depicts Vladimir Putin-like person “with eyes and lips made up” accompanied with an implicit slur suggesting “the supposed non-standard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation,” qualifying it as “extremist material.” As there are many gay clown memes out there—having incubated since September of 2013 when Russia outlawed homosexual propaganda, this very specific prohibition is causing domestic news outlets to scramble to try to guess which image exactly that the ban applies to. Under no circumstances share these images.