Vitaly Milonov, 48, is the author behind Russia’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws that prevented teaching children about gay people and he has now fronted up a new ‘sick’ reality TV show where contestants have to guess who’s gay
A notoriously homophobic Russian MP has taken the lead on a ‘guess who’s gay’ reality TV programme.
Vitaly Milonov, author of Russia ’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws, helped present on the first episode of a new Russian show called ‘I’m Not Gay’.
The show drops eight men into a Russian country house and at the end of every episode they have to vote to eliminate the contestant they think is gay.
They are subject to ‘tests’ and with the use of secret cameras, have to decide who to vote off.
If they get it right the contestants left split two million rubles (around £21,000) between themselves.
But if they fail to do so, the gay contestant wins the prize.
Milonov has previously expressed his belief that gay people should be “sterilised” and kept in kennels like cats.
The 48-year-old’s sickening beliefs have raised concerns around not only his involvement in the show, but the show itself as well.
Speaking to Reggie Yates for the BBC documentary ‘Extreme, Russia – Gay and Under Attack’ he described gay people as: “A piece of sh*t is not dangerous, but it’s quite unpleasant to see on the streets.”
He added: “Homosexuality is disgusting. Homophobia is beautiful and natural.”
The show’s voiceover during the first episode said: “Finding a gay in our country is like finding a working McDonald’s.
“They definitely exist but there are very few of them and not everyone knows about them.”
During the episode Milonov tells contestants: “I hope that you will quickly figure out the gay,” as he makes a throat-slitting gesture.
The show involves eight men including a music blogger, MMA fighter, and tattooed sexologist.
During the show the contestants are ‘tested’ as scantily clad models are paraded in front of them, and the soundtrack features the crowing of rooster – a slur meaning gay men in Russia.
In Russia it isn’t illegal to be gay but same-sex marriages are outlawed and promoting a homosexual lifestyle is illegal as well.
Under the ‘gay propaganda’ laws anything presenting homosexuality as normal is not allowed, as a perceived threat to traditional family values.
Reactions to the show have been markedly mixed, with many raising concerns that gay men have been singled out for the purposes of a reality TV show.
One social media user wrote: “What’s the point of this? Who are you going to expose next? Muslims? Jews?”
Another slammed the show, simply saying: “This is sick”.
Whilst another wrote: “The whole show screams repressed homosexuality to me, which of course wouldn’t be surprising.”
Since Russia’s laws have been passed many have condemned them as opening the door up to discrimination against gay people.