We’ve known for a while now that the popular musical duo known as T.A.T.U. were not really lesbians, but the persona they projected in the 2002 music video for their song “All the Things She Said” was both controversial and refreshing. The female singers kissed in the rain for the video which was about two passionate lesbian characters.
Though the group members themselves admitted they were not gay, the catchy song and its famous video were remembered, and the members have spoken out in favor of LGBT equality, so it took many by surprise when one of the group’s members, Julia Volkova, made some very homophobic remarks about gay men in an interview.
Though the interview is in Russian, the translated version reports that Volkova said that if her son was gay, she would “condemn” him.
This is the same woman who was quoted in 2006 stating “We want to say that a boy can love a boy and a girl can love a girl. If all people would love each other, it would be easier to live in this world. If people are led by hatred and evil, nothing good would happen from this.”
She says that she has many gay friends but would want her son to be, to use her words, “a real man, not a fag.”
Volkova went on, “I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay is a little better than the rest.
So in only eight years, this woman has changed her tune from “All people should love each other” to “being gay is a little better than being a murderer.” How does this happen? Well, some speculate that her comments have something to do with Russia’s strict stance on homosexuality, and its restrictive new anti-gay propaganda laws. Some speculate that this new stance may be her way of attempting to appeal to lawmakers and prove that she is not spreading gay propaganda, as the aforementioned video from 2002 would surely be enough to have her arrested in Russia if it were released now.
However, Volkova is not shy about admitting that she doesn’t think being a lesbian is bad at all. “Two girls together – not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.” So it’s okay to be a lesbian, because lesbians are hot. Not only is this summary ridiculous, but it’s not in accordance with Russia’s laws, meaning it’s unlikely that they are what prompted Volkova to speak in this way.
In the midst of the backlash against this hateful, discriminatory banter and offensive double standard, Volkova’s ex-music partner Lena Katina made it clear that she does not share her bandmate’s stance.
Katina posted on Facebook
“Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion.”
“I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people! And I do so!”
“Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with! Xoxo”