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WATCH: Russia’s new reality show takes homophobia to a weird new level

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I’m Not Gay pits eight Russian men against each other, all attempting to prove how stereotypically “straight” they are. Each episode sees another contestant eliminated via a vote by the cast following contests such as a swimwear pageant and getting lap dances from female strippers.

Hidden in the cast is an actual gay man (and we feel really bad for him); the show concludes once he is rooted out.Related: How Russia’s war on Ukraine is a war on LGBTQ peopleRussian politician Vitaly Milonov hosts the series.

Readers might recognize him as the mind behind the nation’s harsh “anti-gay propaganda” laws which demonize LGBTQ people, and encourages violent treatment of them.

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