Glenn Beck sat down with S.E. Cupp on CNN this week for an hour-long discussion, in which he made some pretty impressive and uncharacteristic claims about the state of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Russia.
The conservative talking head opened his comments by openly criticizing the media’s attention to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly’s statement about Santa Claus’ race, as well as “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in his GQ profile. His logic?
The media should be focusing their attention elsewhere, such as the extreme climate of fear and violence plaguing LGBT Russians.
“Do you know what happened last week in Russia?” asked Beck. “One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the ovens.'”
While it might benefit Beck to know that media outlets have been rigorously covering the anti-LGBT sentiment plaguing LGBT Russians since last summer (just maybe not Fox News…), the most interesting tidbit from this interview stems from Beck’s use of the term “hetero-fascism” — and his statement of solidarity with LGBT advocacy group GLAAD.
“I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD,” continued Beck. “I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what that is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty. Really? Really?”
Glenn Beck is one of many prominent celebrities and media elite to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay legislation. Other prominent figures to take a stand include Cher, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Tilda Swinton, among others.