t.A.T.u. Singer Condemns Bandmate for Anti-Gay Comments

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Monday September 22, 2014

Last week, a member of the Russian pop band t.A.T.u. made international headlines when she told a Russian talk show host that she wouldn't accept her son if he turned out to be gay, saying, "I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag." Now, the other member of the group is taking issue with her former bandmate's comments.

Lena Katina took to her Facebook page on Sept. 18 to show her support of the LGBT community, slamming her former t.A.T.U. band member, Yulia Volkova, for the recent anti-gay comments she made on Russian TV.

"Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion," she wrote, as Gay Star News points out. "I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people! And I do so! Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with! Xoxo."

Last week, Volkova went on an unexpected tirade when asked if she would love her son if he grew up to be gay.

"Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man," Volkova, who according to Wikipedia is bisexual, reportedly said. "God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of... I won't accept a gay son."

She added that she wouldn't feel the same if her daughter grows up to be lesbian, however.

"So you think that freedom can only be for women?" the host asks.

"I think for men it's a bad freedom," she continued. "In our time, there is a very large number of frivolous girls (and a man can be with a large number of these girls). This is freedom for men. And a man has no right to be a fag. Two girls together - not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing."

"But! I want to say that I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag," she added. "I have many gay friends. I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay a little better than the rest."

t.A.T.u. rose to popularity in the early 2000s with their single "All the Things She Said," which peaked at No. 20 in the U.S. The band found themselves at the center of a controversy thanks to the song's music video, which showed the two women making out with each other in a jail cell while soaking wet and wearing schoolgirl outfits.

The pop group reunited at the Sochi Winter Olympics earlier this year and performed during the sporting event's opening ceremony.

Watch "All the Things She Said" music video below:

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