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Monday, December 03, 2007

The Soviet Union was so Gay


I can't remember where I downloaded this Soviet propaganda poster but I've been meaning to share it for a long time. I believe it portrays a Red Army soldier being greeted with homoerotic joy by a 'liberated' Polish peasant during WW2 (beginning or end? Unclear). With the detail of the two forefront characters I can't help but wonder who modeled for the artist in that era.. or whether there's some sort of subversive or ironic message here. (Like the Brezhnev-Honecker kiss on the Berlin Wall.)

24 Comments:

Anonymous FM_Jacquet said...

I'm guessing the peasant is another Russian. Until recently, it was a common custom for Russian men to kiss each other on the lips as a sign of familiarity and endearment.

However, I'm pretty sure the Brezhnev-Honecker kiss was meant to be mocking.

(It might also be worth noting that the after the drafting of the Soviet consitution in 1926, all laws banning homosexuality were abolished.)

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey do you know what the writing at the top means or who the artist was? I'd love to know! thanks

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of one of the few remaining soviet statues in Prague, in the park near the station IIRC? Love the Soviet era art although this not one of my favourite images.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this post looking for soviet time posters. It's a pretty old post, and no one probably cares but the writing says, "Our army is the army that frees the workers." J. Stalin

The homoerotic joy comment cracked me up... Cheers.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GAYNESS!!!!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember there were no gay's in soviet union. They were sent to sebiria. And that's smart.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It says: "our army is the army that liberates"

9:30 PM  
Blogger Titovich said...

That shows respect in Russia, all i know that americans are kind've gayer then Russian's

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That picture with the men is sick why would someone make that or put that on we i have got rid of a diffrent picture so that just makes it worse so...............

Wonder how im going to do my homework on ww2 when pictures like this comes on????????????????....... lol :)

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why has my comment been sent at 10:35 AM o well lol lol lol
That is mine just above this one lol

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:)

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi again the in england now when i send this is...... 18:40 PM

10:40 AM  
Blogger orthodoxdaniil said...

Actually it's not gay as long as it doesn't have a homosexual motive.
It was pretty okay to kiss a man on the lips to express joy or excitement. You can see that quite a number of times in the old Soviet movies.
Too bad the custom has died out due to people who call any sharing of emotions with the same gender gay...

8:03 PM  
Anonymous alcaponeman said...

Hey, noobs that think this is "gay", without the soviets in WWII, we may have lost! These soviets died for freedom...and you sicos are calling them gay? thats just sad...its not gay. if kissing another man was gay, than all americans would be gay, all italians would be gay, the french would be gay. no. its not gay. i hate noobs that think kissing someone is gay. its a sign of peace, love, happiness, and sometime just saying hello!!!

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alcaponeman, get outta here fag. I know what poofs like you think and I dont like it. You are straight-phobic so get a shrink. Go to Russia where your queerness will be properly celebrated. Speaking of the hate you expressed. That's another hallmark of queers, they are full of hate and violence that is cured only by bullets of the proper caliber. You two-faced queers express hate and violence in the same sentence you express love and happiness. Hello Hypocrite!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The soviet union wasn't good. Stalin was a tyrant and some of the soldiers raped women. And they only joined the allies' side in ww2 after germany started attacking them.

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the link, but argg it seems to be down... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please answer to my post if you do!

I would appreciate if a staff member here at www.blogger.com could repost it.

Thanks,
William

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the allies SIDE!? really?! because if you look anywhere, it says that the soviets made the biggest contribution to the war, the battle of stalingrad was the most important turning point, and by the way, stalin mightve been awful to his people, but when he died, i can assure you that the whole country wept. He was an amazing leader that led russia through one of the toughest times. he won the war. and america... oh america.... all you did was "test out" your atomic bombs on the Japanese. you had no idea what the effect would be, and that it killed over 1 million people. they really didnt do anything special. and germany wouldve surrendered to the soviets even if D-Day didnt happen.

and regarding the picture and the retarded comment, this is what people do to say hello, or congratulations. women did it too. russia isnt the country that has 150,000 gay marriages a year.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoas. Two Gay Peepulz?

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh stfu plix plox :/

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this comment section might be the saddest thing ive ever seen. why won't everyone just shut up

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO WHAT IF SOMEONE IS GAY? Can't believe how many homophobic comments I see here.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I would like to know who had drawed that picture and ind what year.

Thanks.

1:34 PM  
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