A couple people might remember Russian singer Julia Volkova as one-half of one-hit wonder girl band t.A.T.u., who raised eyebrows by performing in short-skirted schoolgirl uniforms and engaging in a girl-on-girl kiss at the 2003 MTV VMAs. Now Volkova, who used sexual orientation to leverage her career, has made some horribly homophobic comments that will undoubtedly become her legacy.
While on a Russian game show, Volkova said that while she feels lesbianism is fine, it is not acceptable to be a gay man, according to The Independent. The “All The Things She Said” songstress even went so far as to say she would disown her own son if he were to come out.
“Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man,” Volkova said of her hypothetical gay son. “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, Volkova, who used to speak out in support of the LBGT community though she admitted to being straight, insists that she isn’t homophobic and totally proved she’s telling the truth by saying there are worse things you can do than be gay. Like kill someone or shoot up heroin. “I want to say that I’m not against gays,” she stated. “I just want my son to be a real man, not a f**. I have many gay friends. I believe that being gay is still better than murderers, thieves and drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay a little better than the rest.”
Someone needs to nominate Volkova for Pride Week Grand Marshal, stat.
Volkova also provided sound and not at all shallow logic for her lesbian vs. gay theory. She asserts that being part of a female couple is more pleasing to the eye and is therefore tolerable, as opposed to a couple comprised of two males. “Two girls together — not the same thing as the two men together,” she said on the show. “It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.”
Lena Katina, the other half of t.A.T.u., who briefly reunited with Volkova at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but has otherwise distanced herself from her former bandmate since they broke up in 2011, posted a statement on Facebook yesterday regarding her own position on LBGT rights. “I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant, and not to judge other people!” she wrote. “And I do so! Love is love and it’s 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!”
Pretending to be a lesbian didn’t work out so well for Volkova’s long-term artistic career back in 2003. Let’s see what bashing gays in 2014 does for it.