Gay bars dumping drinks; Is anti-Russia movement taking hold in Tucson?
Bar-goers in Tucson say they would support the movement.
CREATED Aug. 3, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Is it a pointless waste or a powerful political protest?
Gay and lesbian bars around the world are dumping drinks down the drain, in support of their Russian counterparts.
Will the movement make its way to Tucson?
Drop after drop, bottle after bottle, bars are putting profit aside in protest.
The trend of trashing brands like Stolis and Russian Standard, is a symbolic response to the country's newest piece of anti-gay legislation.
It is so strict, it bans the discussion of homosexuality in front of kids.
"This is, for us, about getting a message across, standing in solidarity," said a bar owner in London.
9OYS made the rounds to local gay, lesbian and mainstream bars.
So far, we heard no steadfast plans to lose the liquor, yet.
But a number of these bars, including Hotel Congress, told us they would consider dumping out their Russian vodkas if patrons complain.
So we took to the streets to ask Tucsonans, would they support bars pouring out in protest?
"I wouldn't have any problem with it, if I was a patron," said one local woman.
"I think it's important to protest what's happening in Russia right now," said one man.
But wait, say some.
Turns out Stolis, a brand taking the brunt of the backlash, isn't even made in Russia.
Does that make the protest pointless?
Not at all say supporters, near and far.
"The little that we can do, boycotting Russian vodka, is fair enough," said one London bar-goer.
"It's unfortunate for them, that they're associated with something that's associated with Russia. But that's sort of the way the free market works," said one Tucson man.
They say, the company, along with vodka lovers, will just have to pay the price.
Russia's anti-gay law is also sparking backlash from the sports world, ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set to be held in Sochi.