Rammstein Members Kiss Onstage In Russia In Defiance Of “Gay Propaganda Law”
PhoenixPublished in August 2019 / Updated in January 2021
Rammstein is renowned for its bars held antics, pyromaniacal production, and envelope-pushing approach to overt sexuality. Still, a simple kiss between Richard Kruspe and Paul Flanders made a massive statement during a set in anti-LGBTQ Russia.
In the video from a Berlin performance, the kiss is no new happening for the German industrial-metal crew.
However, it took on much more meaning in Russia. On June 30th, 2013, president Vladimir Putin enacted a federal law known as “to protect Children From Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values,” or colloquially.
The Crowd went wild
No word yet on whether the band, or Kruspe and Flanders, specifically, were or will be punished for the act, but it wouldn’t be their first brush with the law.
The crowds erupted in support. Under the rule, even small gestures can carry heavy consequences. If charged, violators can be detained for 15 days, fined up to 5,000 rubles (honestly, a pretty paltry $78), and foreigners can be arrested and deported.