By Dakotah Lilly
Within the twenty first century, with the proliferation of social media and different mass types of communication, it has turn out to be simpler to bastardize sure causes which will in some type be noble as a way to pursue one’s personal political or geopolitical functions.
We’ve got seen it earlier than with the weaponization of ladies’s rights through the US navy campaigns within the Center East. Additionally, with the weaponization of ideas like “freedom” and “democracy” within the West’s propaganda wars regarding Venezuela, Russia, Cuba, Bolivia, and others. One of many points that has additionally been weaponized towards international locations not accepting US or Western hegemony is rights for lesbians and homosexual males. This theme has been used to demonize states and sweeten the style for battle towards them amongst the Western public.
For instance GLAAD, a mainstream corporate-backed NGO which “advocates” for the rights of LGBT folks, launched a questionable assertion in March concerning Ukraine and Russia. It argues that “The Russian invasion of Ukraine is constructed on the demonization and persecution towards the LGBTQ group and has a disproportionate impression on LGBTQ folks in Ukraine, who had simply began to expertise visibility and equality.” That’s curious in a few other ways, however one wonders what GLAAD would say regarding the current controversy surrounding Ukrainian presidential aide Alexey Arestovich.
Arestovich has not too long ago been accused of homophobia for stating that he views LGBT folks as “folks with deviations.” He additionally positioned himself as vehemently against what he referred to as “homosexual propaganda.” Which principally means his point-of-view aligns with a 2013 Russian regulation that was aggressively derided within the West, by celebrities, politicians and different figures.
KyivPride, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to selling LGBTQ rights, promptly referred to as for his dismissal. Arestovich’s response was to tweet an image of himself dressed up as a lady from a comedy movie which he starred in, again in 2012, earlier than he bought into politics. He captioned the screenshot with the phrases, “The LGBT group is outraged. However take a look at this picture and you’ll perceive who ought to be really outraged. I believe I’m being persecuted, no? I demand tolerance.”
In a rustic which has falsely positioned itself as a contemporary state with progressive European views and values, this response from one in every of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s high advisers is sort of curious. Whereas liberal shops throughout the West proceed to heap reward upon every part that’s Ukraine and Zelensky, they’ve been quiet on this homophobic perspective current in his administration. No US-based LGBT group has launched an announcement on the matter, which is unsurprising contemplating any sort of criticism towards Ukraine or its authorities is taken into account sacrilegious by the mainstream media within the West.
In the meantime, the identical shops have made it a degree to cowl really feel good tales about LGBT troopers in Ukraine displaying unicorns on their uniforms. They appear to conveniently omit the truth that Ukraine continues to lack protections for LGBTQ folks in most areas of life. It’s, after all, the precise of any sovereign nation to have its legal guidelines and rules determined by their very own folks and legislatures, however for a rustic that has tried to wrongly paint itself as a cosmopolitical haven – versus the supposedly evil and medieval Russia – it is a obtrusive inconsistency.
Much more so, contemplating absolutely the flood of reward and approval that Western LGBTQ communities have heaped upon Ukraine up to now few months, it’s perplexing that these identical communities and organizations ignore the truth in Ukraine that their organizations had been based to vary within the first place.
When Arestovich isn’t calling supporters of his boss “vulgar a***oles”, or referring to Westerners who argue for peace as “dumb f**ks”, it appears he’s prepared to unknowingly expose the hypocrisy of the Zelensky administration. Whereas Ukraine has been – and continues to be – the poorest nation in Europe, one wonders why he feels now could be the time to antagonize the LGBTQ group and threaten “tantrums” if Kiev isn’t given the weaponry his authorities is begging for.
Dakotah Lilly is an unbiased political scientist and analyst. His work has featured in publications resembling MintPress, OrinocoTribune, and In style Resistance. His areas of specialty embody political economics, left populism, Venezuela, and socialism of the twenty first century.