Big-name Russian actor and former priest Ivan Okhlobystin told audiences that gay people should be “burned alive in ovens” at a recent event in the east of Russia.
Okhlobystin, the start of Russia’s version of “Scrubs,” was a Russian Orthodox priest until 2010 when he chose his acting career over a life of piety, Russian news source RIA Novosti reported.
Greeting fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Okhlobystin said of gays, “I’d put them all alive in the oven… it’s a living danger to my children.”
“It’s Sodom and Gomorrah, as a religious person I can’t be indifferent to it,” he said. “It’s a living threat to my children.”
“I don’t want my children to think that being a [faggot] is okay,” he continued. “… It’s queer fascism! If a person can’t choose someone similar from the opposite sex for reproduction, it’s a clear sign of a psychic anomaly, it means they need to be deprived of the vote.”
Okhlobystin also won applause from his audience for saying that he beat his children and that Moscow journalists should be burned along with homosexuals for failing to do their job.
The 47-year-old actor is known for his media stunts and inflammatory comments. Citing Russian news site NGS Novosti, BuzzFeed reported that Okhlobystin ran a brief presidential campaign for the Kremlin-backed “opposition” party Right Cause in 2011.
With prejudice and violence against gays steadily mounting since Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law of earlier this year, Okhlobystin is just one high-profile personality to make his opinions known. Pro-Kremlin TV host Dmitry Kiselyov said last year that Russians should “burn or bury the hearts of gays” who die in car crashes.
Russian president Vladimir Putin defended the gay propaganda law, which bans “promoting non-traditional relations to minors,” in his state of the union address Thursday.