In Russia, an MP asked Vladimir Putin to ban an ice cream brand accused of “gay propaganda”, reports the BBC. This “Rainbow Ice”, as its name suggests, is multicolored. It would thus violate Russian law which combats LGBT “propaganda”.
Homosexuality has not been a criminal offense in Russia since 1993, but it is prohibited to “promote non-traditional sexual relations” with children, under penalty of fines of up to 500,000 rubles (7,000 USD).
For Yekaterina Lakhova, 72, a member of parliament and leader of the Russian Union of Women, the advertisements for these ice creams could cause children to get used to the rainbow flag of the LGBT QI-movement. “They discreetly promote these pretty rainbow colors, using beautiful words, they advertise an ice cream called Rainbow ”, she explained to Vladimir Putin during a meeting, to ask for a ban.
“I have the same negative feelings about the rainbow as I did for the swastika,” said the MP, adding that she would consult with experts to determine if the packaging of the Rainbow ice creams contains images “Prohibited”.
“If there is reason to believe that it is propaganda for values which are not traditional to us, then it must be managed by the company, but not in an aggressive way”, answered Vladimir Putin.
According to the BBC, the ice cream maker Chistaya Liniya has denied trying to encourage children to join the LGBT cause. “For us, a rainbow is sun after the rain and good humor,” said deputy director Armen Beniaminov. He added, however, that the company would comply with any law prohibiting images of rainbows.