Borgen Anticipates Real Life Again: Yelena Isinbayeva

‘Everybody in South Kharun is entitled to equality and freedom – except homosexuals of course. But this is not a problem – there are no homosexuals in South Kharun. It’s just not part of our culture.’

(Jakob Lokoya, president of South Kharun, Borgen episode 18, first broadcast 06/11/2011)

‘We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys. Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”

(Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter, 15/08/2013)


The man behind Jakob Lokoya – actor Femi Elufowoju Junior


Yelena Isinbayeva


2 thoughts on “Borgen Anticipates Real Life Again: Yelena Isinbayeva

  1. One thing I hear from those opposed to an Olympic boycott is that athletes could campaign against the oppressive laws, and the lying, simply by wearing rainbows, and telling the truth. I hear precious little of that at the athletics World championships. This woman is the one I hear of. Then I see a news programme’s video of a gay man who was later murdered for having the temerity to go outside wearing women’s clothes.

    • I think plenty of people such as Stephen Fry have very vocally made the case for a boycott. On the BBC, Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis and athletics legend Michael Johnson didn’t go that far but they didn’t mince any words in suggesting that Isinbayeva was completely out of order. The parallel with Borgen is that it is completely weird to suggest one country can somehow absolve itself of a culture of homosexuality past and present. You are right that a lot of really nasty related attacks do go under-reported.

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