August 27, 2013

It’s bad enough that Russia wants to make life hell for its LGBT citizens. Now it’s trying to claim new victims retroactively. Faced with tough laws that criminalize just about any thing gay, the makers of a forthcoming movie about Pyotr Tchaikovsky have decided to de-gay the legendary composer in a fit of self-censorship.

The film’s screenwriter, Yuri Arabov, insists that Tchaikovsky was not gay. Instead, the composer was just “a person without a family who has been stuck with the opinion that he supposedly loves men.”