Tatu singer Lena Katina has responded to homophobic comments recently made by her bandmate Yulia Volkova, by saying: “Everybody should be free to love who they love”.
Volkova, who rose to fame kissing Katina in the video for 2002 single ‘All The Things She Said’, had stated that she would refuse to accept a gay son in her family during an appearance on a Russian TV talk show. Asked if she would condemn her son if he was gay, she responded: “Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man.” She continued: “God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of… I won’t accept a gay son.”
However, Katina has now posted a far more liberal viewpoint on her Facebook page, writing the below statement:
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
In the controversial interview, Volkova said that though she “condemns” gay men, she does not hold the same view when it comes to gay female couples. “I think for men it’s a bad freedom,” she said. “In our time, there is a very large number of frivolous girls (and a man can be with a large number of these girls). This is freedom for men.”
“And a man has no right to be a fag. 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. But I want to say that I’m not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag.”
“I have many gay friends. 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.”