Sunday 28 December 2014

Stephen Fry endorses Irish rapper who slates Putin’s anti-gay stance

Published 19/02/2014 | 19:01

An Irish rapper published a YouTube video ahead of the Sochi Winter games opening ceremony, joining many in their condemnation of anti-gay policies upheld by Vladimir Putin.

But this satirical video has achieved worldwide recognition – with an endorsement tweet from English comedian Stephen Fry. 

‘The Putin Rap – His Emineminence’ stars Irish actor Dermot Magennis, who uses humour to portray the questionable conservative values shown by the Russian government.

Directed by Simon O’Neill, the video clip also gets a dig in at the commercial enterprises who have sponsored the Sochi games, regardless of Putin's refusal to address recent global criticism on the subject.

Despite the comedic slant, however, ‘His Emineminence’ manages to get a strong point across and calls upon the public to stand up to ‘Vladimir Poo and your bigot dogs’.

And it seems that QI presenter Fry, with an impressive 6.6 million Twitter followers, agrees with the music video’s main objective – support for the LGBT community.

“I am deliriously happy at such approval from a man of immense talent and such a passionate speaker on LGBT issues,” Magennis tells independent.ie. 

“We can only hope that this Stephen Fry’s endorsement will get the message out to the public on a massive scale”.

It’s not the first time that Magennis has taken to the camera to air his concerns on global issues.

Another YouTube offering, ‘His name is...’, also performed by alter ego His Emineminence, was written in the wake of Ireland's two high profile clerical sex abuse scandals.

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