Russian media is upping the ante on its homophobia by creating an entire "no homo, bro" reality show where eight men attempt to prove that they're not gay...for some reason!
Vitaly Milonov, a politician who dedicates most of his time to promoting anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Russia, is now co-hosting a YouTube reality series called Ia ne gei, which translates to I'm Not Gay.
According to Kevin Rothrock - a reporter who covers Russian media - this show is about eight grown men proving how straight they are. These straight men will be eliminated week after week until the hidden gay man in the cast is found.
\u201cVitaly Milonov, the State Duma deputy who spearheaded Russia\u2019s ban on \u201cgay propaganda,\u201d is cohosting a YouTube show called \u201cI\u2019m not gay,\u201d where 8 contestants\u2019 heterosexuality is tested & there are elimination rounds to find the one gay guy. \ud83e\udd2e https://t.co/OgQj51W4Dw\u201d
It is also common for Russian TV shows to feature LGBTQ+ individuals being ridiculed, humiliated, or subjected to verbal or physical violence. In the specific case of I'm Not Gay, the contestants will be subjected to several challenges where they'll have to either resist their urges to find men attractive and/or prove how attracted they are to women. Coming from someone like Milonov, this is yet another attempt of his to push anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda and make a mockery of anyone who isn't a cisgender heterosexual person.
As pointed out by Juan Barquin in a tweet, the opening credits for I'm Not Gay are one of the gayest things you'll ever see.
\u201cforcing myself to stop watching the russian \u201ci\u2019m not gay\u201d show but these opening credits have SENT ME\u201d
— the morally corrupt juan barquin (@the morally corrupt juan barquin)
The first episode of I'm Not Gay is 52 minutes long and can be viewed below.