An anti-LGBT ad has sparked outrage on Russian social media, and drawn attention to a propaganda campaign for a national referendum that could pave the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036.
The video depicts a young boy being greeted at an orphanage by his new adoptive father. "And where's my mother?" the boy asks. "There's your mother," the father says, nodding to another actor, a caricature of a flamboyantly gay man, waiting in a car outside.
The video then ends with a voiceover. "Is this the Russia you want?" it says. "Decide the future of the country. Vote for the amendments to the constitution."
At issue is a national vote that would amend the constitution and reset the clock on presidential term limits, allowing Putin to stay on as president past 2024, when his second consecutive term in office comes to an end, among other things.
The set of changes also includes controversial amendments such as defining marriage as a "union between a man and a woman." Russian law does not permit same-sex marriages or partnerships, and adoption laws generally bar same-sex couples from adopting.
The video clearly incites hatred and hostility towards LGBT people. Shame on you Putin!!!
Watch the homophobic video below: