US film director Oliver Stone dubs Putin's gay propaganda ban as a 'sensible law'

The filmmaker is best known for helming 'JFK', 'Snowden' and 'Natural Born Killers'


Words: Steve Brown

American film director Oliver Stone has dubbed Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’ as a ‘sensible law’.

Stone – who is best known for helming the likes of JFK, Snowden and Natural Born Killers – interviewed the Russian president Vladimir Putin back in June but the interview has been released by the Russian Government now.

In the interview, Stone praises Putin’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’ as well as admitted he is ‘shocked’ by conversations about gender and how people identify themselves saying it ‘goes on forever’.

He said: “Young people … are spoiled to some degree in the Western world. It’s very strange right now … I’ve been [a] rebel all my life. Still am.

“And I have to tell you, I’m shocked by some of the behaviours and the thinking of the new generation. It takes so much for granted.

“And so much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries [is] about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I’m male, I’m female, I’m transgender, I’m cisgender. It goes on forever, and there is a big fight about who is who.”

“It’s not a healthy culture … Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it … It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.”

Putin then corrected Stone and claimed once people have reached ‘maturity’ there are ‘no restrictions’ in terms of the gay propaganda law.