Kisses come in all shapes, sizes, and saliva levels. So when two Russian athletes were photographed kissing recently after winning gold in the women’s 4x400-meter relay race at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, of course people started to speculate whether it was more than platonic. Maybe it was even a political act to protest the anti-gay legislation that is putting the safety of many LGBT people, including potential Olympic athletes, at risk.
But no. The gals who were photographed—Yulia Gushchina and Ksenia Ryzhova—are denying it had anything to do with gay people and are “insulted” that anyone could think the display was “gay propaganda,” reports RT.com.
“It was a storm of emotions [after winning]. And if at that moment we touched lips ... I don’t know in whose fantasy this all gets thought up,” Ryzhova said at an ItarTass news conference, adding, “Myself and Yulia are both married, and we are not having any kind of relationship.”
Her teammate echoed Ryzhova’s comments, saying the assumptions the press made about their kiss were “sick fantasies.” Of course, that could make it sound like she's saying that gay men and women are sick. But maybe she's just speculating that all those straight men were enjoying the idea of two beautiful blondes in a lip lock was something for them to salivate over. Whatever the case, Gushchina went on to say at the same news conference, that she thought the speculation was “insulting” to not only her and her teammate, but their coaches as well.
“Yesterday, I was telephoned 20 times by various publications and, instead of congratulating me, they decided to insult me with these questions.”
Oh don't take it so personally, gal. People were excited to think you were some sort of resistance within the country. Of course we forgot that female athletes are kissing one another in a romantic fashion all the time. Our bad. But of course it does call into question what a gay kiss is and whether heterosexual people are no longer allowed to openly embrace and smack one on their best mate if they feel so inclined. Does it make them gay if they put their lips together? Of course not. But in a country with a heated political climate around human rights issues, every kiss counts.