With its fairy lights and leather vests, the Blue Oyster is the first gay bar to be built in Putin's own backyard
Comedy duo Far & Son have built a makeshift gay bar to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws. The bar was built last weekend on a plot of land owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin in the remote Åland archipelago, a small group of islands that lie between Sweden and Finland.
Inspired by the Blue Oyster bar from the Police Academy films, the wooden shack is decorated with fairy lights, with the "Blue Oyster" sign painted on in blue. After construction had ended, the builders posted pictures on social media depicting men in leather vests and yellow hard top hats, to announce the opening. They also including images of men getting it on. Nice!
Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the comedians said: “We expected a bit more of a vigorous response from the Russians and that they would immediately send the Scud missiles into the gay bar, but it seems they can’t keep up with Far & Son. They are simply cowards."
They joked there are "a lot of young people" in the region who would be appreciative of a place to enjoy “gay kisses, hand jobs and blow jobs” on Putin’s land.
Since the images went online, the police been roped in after Russia complained about the bar’s erection. Speaking to the Guardian, the police said: “The perpetrators forced their way into the area and built something, leaving their rubbish behind. The incident has attracted attention, including in the local media.
“This incident has been classed as trespassing, as well as some sanitation violations. Police have been in contact with the Russian consul and documented the crime scene,” they continued.
As of yet, there is no news yet on whether the bar has been destroyed, but Far & Son are convinced that “someone will build this again with cement next year. Then it will remain there forever," they told Aftonbladet. "The Blue Oyster will be the only thing you can see from the moon, apart from the Great Wall of China. They will never take us alive,” they added.