Recently released in the Russian magazine “Maxim”, the article about “forgiven gays” turned out to be just a joke. This article caused a lot of controversies after being published in the American version of this magazine, who condemned their Russian colleagues for the list of “Gays We Respect.”
“We are deeply disturbed by the article in Maxim Russia and fully condemn it. It is entirely against the views of US Maxim,” said the representative of “Maxim” in the US.
The chief editor of the Russian magazine “Maxim” Alexander Malenkov called this scandalous publication of a list of 10 “respected gay” just a “joke”. The main controversy was due to the statement made in the article that these are “respected gays”, who ordinary “men do not consider men to be.”
“This was a comic article. Everything was mentioned in it,” – replied Malenkov.
But this list also made some of Maxim’s readers comment on this on Twitter. The user @romaaanov even labeled this magazine “a little yellow newsrag.”
@ru_maximonline эти геи, должно быть, ссут сейчас кипятком от того, что ЗАСЛУЖИЛИ ваше уважения, жёлтая газетёночка.
— ромааанов (@romaaanov) November 26, 2015
The list of “respected gays” included Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Oscar Wilde, Freddie Mercury, Jean Marais, Alan Turing, Chuck Palahniuk, Rob Halford, Graham Chapman and Neil Patrick Harris.