Rammstein Members Kiss in Defiance of Russian Anti-LGBTQ Laws
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8/2/19, 2:22 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from Metal Injection
In defiance of a 2013 ‘gay propaganda’ law, Rammstein guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared an intimate moment on their Moscow stop amid their current tour in support of their recent self-titled release last May.
Following that degenerate act of unspeakable sin, the band posted a letter of support on their Instagram page, stating, in Russian: “Russia, we love you,” accompanied with a picture of the kiss. No word yet on whether the band will be detained.
The law–enacted in 2013 and said by The European Court of Human Rights at the time to have "reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia, which was incompatible with the values of a democratic society"–bans anything which might present “distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.” It also bans “the promoting of nontraditional sexual relationships among minors” and was allegedly enacted (these are the Russian government’s words) "for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values."
Since then: violence against LGBTQ people in the country has been on the up-tick, and just last week a prominent LGBTQ activist named Yelena Grigoryeva was murdered in St. Petersburg. In response to criticism, the Russian Justice Ministry has maintained that “the laws on the ban of propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors did not contradict international practice and were aimed at defending children’s morality and health. The laws did not impose any measures that would ban homosexuality or condemn it officially. They were not discriminatory.”
“Schnaps im kopf, du holde Braut. Steck Bratwurst in dien Sauerkraut…”
Rammstein is not known for its subtlety.
Their stage shows and music videos (see directly above) are notorious for pushing the boundaries acceptable by any society, and to call their lyrics forthright would rather simply miss the entire point. They throw dildos around on stage like confetti, simulate all sorts of lewd and/or violent acts, and licensed pyrotechnician/frontman Till Lindemann has pretended to set himself on fire on over 20 occasions, which isn’t to mention how often that’s actually almost happened. More relevant to this story: at a show in Poland, Lindemann waved a pride flag around as he crowd-surfed in an inflatable boat, and at a show in Massachusetts in 1999, Lindemann and keyboardist Flake Lorenz were arrested for ‘lewd and lascivious behavior” after they simulated anal sex with one another (fully clothed, mind you; there was no penetration) with a fake phallus during their “Buck Dich” (see around the 38.10 mark in the video below). Both were released the following morning.
State-run Russian media has addressed the show with “Rammstein loves Russia!” and doesn’t even mention the kiss, but it still begs the question: how do people actually think like this? I get it that there are some people (and I do mean some; as in not many) who want to dance around half naked in public all day every night (that was on purpose), but even assuming that: isn’t the whole question ridiculous in itself if a band like Rammstein, who’s known for their antics in this vein, can so easily make a worldwide news story just by kissing? Those guys aren’t even gay. If they weren’t even half as famous as they are, best believe they’d be in some pretty big trouble, and besides: what is the point of discriminating against people for loving who they want to love? You don’t like the way they kiss? Well, I don’t like the way your face looks, but I got over it. How? Because I’m not a fucking pussy who can’t handle the most basic fundamental principle of being alive as a human on earth: the recognition that I’m not only person who holds that title. Like: there are other people here, dude.
Get over it?
“Du bist hier im meinem Land. Meine Welle und mein Strand.”