A Russian track star defended her country’s repressive laws on pro-equality expression during a press conference and she used an argument that I find extraordinarily annoying. She said, in essence, that we have to “respect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) Russian culture.
ISINBAYEVA: “If we allow [them] to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people. We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys. [...]
It’s unrespectful [sic] to our country. It’s unrespectful [sic] to our citizens because we are Russians. Maybe we are different from European people and other people from different lands. We have our home and everyone has to respect (it). When we arrive to different countries, we try to follow their rules.
No, no, no. I don’t have to “respect” (again, no idea what that could possibly mean here. Stop criticizing? Agree with?) oppressive laws in Russian any more than I have to respect them in my own country just because a majority might support them. Oppressive laws are wrong no matter what country they occur in.