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Putin says he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man

It seems like the competition between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin about who can be more sexist has gotten fierce. In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Putin felt the need to mention that he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man. “I am not a woman,...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 8, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 8, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

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It seems like the competition between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin about who can be more sexist has gotten fierce.

In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Putin felt the need to mention that he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man. “I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” he tells Stone while giving a tour of the Kremlin’s gilded throne room. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”

Naturally, he was called out on Twitter for what many saw as ‘sexist’ remarks.

The director of JFK and Wall Street enjoyed extensive access to Putin for numerous meetings from July 2015 to February 2017, giving viewers a peek into the life of one of the world’s most powerful and secretive leaders. The first two hour-long episodes of Showtime special The Putin Interviews that airs June 12 – June 15, which were made available to Bloomberg before their release, offered little that’s new about the former KGB agent who’s ruled Russia for more than 17 years.

The documentary follows on the heels of Putin’s interview in this week’s debut of NBC News’ Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, as controversy swirls in the US over alleged Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and ties to US President Trump. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump last month, is due to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about investigations into the allegations. Trump has dismissed the claims as ‘fake news’.

In the barest hint of criticism, Stone also asked Putin if a law passed in 2013 outlawing gay propaganda to minors meant homosexuals faced discrimination. “There are no restrictions whatsoever,” Putin said, contrasting Russia with some Islamic states where he said gays face the death penalty.

But asked if he’d take a shower in a submarine next to a gay man, the Russian leader replied, laughing: “Well, I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I’m a judo master.”

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