Yulia Volkova, of the faux Russian
lesbian band t.A.T.u. created controversy this week when she said she
would not support her son if he were gay.
t.A.T.u., which recently reunited only
to split up again, consisted of Volkova and Lena Katina. The band's
debut single All The Things She Said featured the girls in
school uniforms kissing in the rain.
Appearing on the Russian television
talk show Lie Detector, Volkova was asked whether she would
condemn her son if he came out gay.
“Yes,” she answered to applause
from the audience, “I would condemn him. Because I believe that a
real man must be a real man.”
“God created man for procreation. It
is the nature. … I won't accept a gay son.”
However, she added that she doesn't
hold the same view of lesbians.
“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
Being gay, Volkova
said, was “a little better” than “murderers, thieves or
In a Facebook post, Katina responded to
“Love is love,” she said, adding
that we should be “tolerant and not judge other people.”
On Sunday, the duo's management said
Volkova's comments had been taken out of context and reminded fans of
t.A.T.u.'s support for the LGBT community.
“As a part of t.A.T.u. Yulia showed
her support of LGBT community more than once,” read a statement on
band's VKontakte page.