Aliso Titko, for Komsomolskaya Pravda, claims Manchester is a city of “fat people” and “debauchery”, in a Homophobic Rant, Causing widespread Criticism

Alisa Titko, a writer for Komsomolskaya Pravda, wrote in a homophobic article that caused a widespread criticism. But what did she exactly say, we will be diving into the matter in this section.

The Article

Titko is a columnist in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia’s largest selling newspaper. In the article featured in the newspaper, she wrote that Manchester is a city of fat people and “debauchery” and described the sight of gay people as “disgusting“.

Having recently visited Manchester, she wrote:

“It is true that there are many fat people in Manchester. Local young women don’t mind when fat hangs down from their stomach and body – and does not fit into their jeans. Whatever, when they go to a nightclub they put on tight fit leggings and mini-dresses.”

“Let’s remain Russian,”

Titko wrote.

“Let’s start normal families. Let’s give birth in legal marriages. And don’t lets mix love and debauchery.”

Source: Daily Mail (Alisa Titko complained about this mural on a wall in Manchester)

“In Manchester there is a whole part of the city for gay people. Nobody told me about it, I have found it myself when I was walking around the town. There is even a plate there saying ‘Gay Village’. It is the most popular place for such couples, there are cafés and clubs there with small rainbow flags.”

Source: The Sun (Gay village at Manchester)

“Of course, a young man with a girl can also go into the gay club but they should know that if somebody approaches them, it maybe not just for a chat but for something more deep. Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and non-sexual. But it can influence it too.”

She claimed the sight of gay people holding hands and kissing was “disgusting“.

Reaction

The article caused a widespread anger and criticism among the general public and the LGBT communities alike. They have thrashed Titko in various social media as well.

Backdrop

Titko had recently visited Manchester. With Russia set to host the World Cup Final in 2018, she claimed Russia was right not to follow the example of Manchester. She also said that it showed why Moscow should not be “more tolerant to couples with non-traditional sexual orientation“.

Russia has faced heavy criticism after it introduced a gay propaganda” law in 2013. The legislation, which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors, was criticized as state-sponsored homophobia.

source: NBC News (‘Homosexual propaganda’ law signals latest Russian crackdown)

Last month, reports of systematic torture and killing of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya emerged out.

Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper, and various human rights groups said they had seen proof that security forces loyal to the president of the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, had been rounding up the surmised gay men, beating them, and threatening them with death.