Russia’s Maxim magazine has published an article called “Gays We Respect.” The famously anti-gay country lists ten celebrities is “forgives” because they have managed, despite their homosexuality, to earn citizens’ respect.
The ridiculous article states “We, men, do not consider men who love men to be men. This is the rule, but there are exceptions. There are gays who have earned our respect and the right to remain real men in our eyes.”
Who’s on their list?
Sir Ian McKellen was included at the top of the list. “We are ready to forgive him [because] of Magneto and Gandalf.”
Stephen Fry placed second because he is “the living embodiment of the idea that one can be openly gay and a sensible person at the same time.”
Neil Patrick Harris barely made the list. “We weren’t sure about including Neil Patrick Harris in the list – after all, he declared himself a ’happy gay’ in 2006, but his performance as Barney Stinson in the series How I Met Your Mother hasn’t left us indifferent. It’s impossible not to respect someone who elevated the hunt for girls into a true art, who systematized all the tricks and techniques and created the ’Bro Code.’ Even if he was just acting the role. But how he acted!”
The U.S. edition of the magazine has spoken out vehemently denouncing the list. “We are deeply disturbed by the article in Maxim Russia and fully condemn it. It is entirely against the views of US Maxim.”