Oh Russia, not a week goes by without something go down, and this time a Russian lawmaker wants to ban Nike’s 2015 Summer collection because it features rainbow themed merchandise that “celebrates the LGBT community and the universality of sport”.
Vitaly Milonov, who all of you probably know all about by now, is claiming that the collection is “gay propaganda” which was banned in Russia back in 2013.
Naturally, the Nike #betrue rainbow themed collection is not available via Russian stores, and is currently only available on their American website. Despite this, Milonov believes that what he calls Nike’s “perverted values” are aimed at teenagers, who are vulnerable to advertisements.
Nike responded to this, saying: “Nike does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, sex, nationality or age. Nike supports social and cultural diversity and seeks to deliver inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. In Russia, Nike does not request inclusion of any particular products or collections from its partners. The stores decide themselves which products they want to stock.”