Ecclestone backs Putin’s anti-gay legislation in Russia 25 February, 2014 Bernie Ecclestone with Vladimir Putin Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecxclestone has ignited a storm by announcing that he backs Russian president Vladimir Putin’s stance on gay rights. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Ecclestone said, “[Putin] hasn’t said that he doesn’t agree [with homosexuality] just that he doesn’t want these things publicized to an audience under the age of 18.” “I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you’d find 90% of the world agree with it as well,” said the F1 boss. CNN reports that Putin’s government recently-introduced anti-gay legislation “prohibiting spreading gay propaganda to minors” has been the focus of much criticism. “I’ve great admiration for [Putin] and his courage to say what he says. It may upset a few people but that’s how the world is. It’s how he sees [the world] and I think he’s completely right,” added Ecclestone. Formula 1 goes to Sochi this year for the first ever Russian Grand Prix, a deal which was negotiated between Putin and Ecclestone, and fully endorsed by the Russian leader. Ecclestone has a history of making politically incorrect gaffes: Ecclestone on Adolf Hitler in 2009: “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.” The self made billionaire later apologised to the Jewish Chronicle: “I’m just sorry that I was an idiot. I sincerely, genuinely apologise. What I regret is people who have taken this the wrong way and have been offended. I’m really, really sad about that because I have done an awful lot for Jewish communities throughout – charities and whatever.” Ecclestone on Saddam Hussein in 2009: “Politicians are too worried about elections. We did a terrible thing when we supported the idea of getting rid of Saddam Hussein, he was the only one who could control the country.” Ecclestone on racism levelled at Lewis Hamilton during testing, in Spain, in 2008: “I don’t think it was anything to do with racism. There were a few people in Spain and that was probably beginning as a joke rather than anything abusive. I think people look and read into things that are not there… these things are people expressing themselves.” (GP247) Subbed by AJN. 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Children under the age of 18 should not be allowed to be exposed to propaganda such as espoused by Bernie and Vlad–creating a race of repulsive human beings can’t be something to look forward to, either. hahaha Actually Bernie is right, there is way too much emphasis in every aspect of the media on homosexuality, transsexuality and androgyns. Kids should enjoy life, play outside like we used to do instead of hanging in front of the brainwashing box.Actually the media is far worse than Bernie or Putin saying what they think, they don’t say they don’t respect homosexuals. On the opposite the media is not showing much respect to them because putting a gay person in a tv show or movie just for the sake of having a gay person is way more offensive! It’s like in the 80ies tv shows all over again, they put a black person in it for the sake of it. A lot of them even outacted the leading actors, later on we saw the same thing with the latin community (josé the plumber or julio the gardener). This sickens me more than Bernies opinion. I have a friend who is gay I don’t matter but I personally don’t like the over top behaviour of a gay parade myself (I just can’t bear to watch it). Doesn’t mean I don’t respect my friend though. Boycottthebull Just when you think this lying corrupt anti-Semitic senile old fool cant get any lower he turns out to be a Putin lover and homophobic bigot as well. Cant wait for the Germans to put him in a cell block full of hundreds of female deprived psychos looking for company. farizY “My dad is a man and my mom is a man??” or “my mom is a women and my dad is women??”; hypothetically the questions kids will ask if adopted by homosexuals. It is their country, they can do whatever they want, I don’t see people complaining when France wanted to ban the hijab. LOL. Double standards indeed. Back to F1 guys. Hawk I agree. 100% BernieHeartsPutin He “admires” Putin eh? Maybe they should get a room. All of those pictures of Putin riding topless on horseback must have caused Bernie’s admiration. Typical sucking up in the business world for the upcoming Sochi GP. @hahaha: There is not “too much” emphasis on this in the media, it is emphasised because it is a credible story. Should I name the amount of characters in TV shows in the 80’s that aren’t black? What a stupid point you’re trying to make. Maybe the black actors in those 80’s shows that you can’t name were just good at their jobs? it’s a story because homosexuals are discriminated in Russia. Why? Because the government wants to stay out of your house but sit in your bedroom. Bernie has no shame. BernieHeartsPutin Absolutely. hahaha Honestly? I think you missed the point, it is exactly the same. America (or should we call it the right arm of unlawful and unholy israel) has a far worse regime than russia. Hidden zionism and fascism trough the the J lobbyists are far more dangerous than Putin his opinion. It’s like in Western schools, there is so much emphasis on the horror of the holocaust and how bad communism is. Did they teach you that US/UK funded both sides of the war? Or that Hitler was actually a jew himself? But do they teach you the truth about native americans (not the emigrated colonists under the flag of he queen). Did they teach you about the 8 million killed in the saltmines in Bolivia and Peru under the wrath of the conquistadores? Look around you our system is way worse than so called communism, it’s a prison without bars. What is happening in Syria and Ukrain, is the same as Tunesia, Egypt and Lybia. UK/UK/NATO gov sending mercenaries to destabilise the country. Hasn’t anyone noticed they are surrounding Iran? WW3 actually started 13 years ago. But believe your western media who is 90% controlled by zionists. One thing, to me jews are not equal to zionists or vice versa. But to many people they sadly are. I live jn Europe and honestly our media show nothing of the poverty i Greece, Portugal,Spain and Italy. But I heared that they linched black immigrants in the street!? The poverty will lead to fascism and xenophobia all over again, remember the 30’ies in germany? The point is the zionists call their lobby J-street (jew street) and if I criticise them I’m labeled as an anti semit while I’m certainly not one. hahaha Hahaha, you call someone an anti semite to then ask the germans to lock him up! How ironic hahaha Oh and btw, our government is not in our house or our bedroom like you suggest they are in Russia. But here they’re already up our a*se and in our head. So Russia would actually be the better option. Or do you really believe there is a land of the free on this planet? Think again!