During his appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight in December, Glenn reiterated his decision to stand with GLAAD when it comes to speaking out against disgusting comments made by Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin.
“I’d put them all alive in the oven,” Okhlobystin told fans in Novosibirsk in Siberia, according to quotes published in the Moscow Times. “It’s a living danger to my children.”
Okhlobystin’s comments did not receive a tremendous amount of press in the United States. Instead, the media was consumed with reports about Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s remarks on homosexuality in an interview with GQ that may have been crude but were certainly not heinous.
It was that snowball of events that prompted Glenn to go on CNN and say:
GLENN: Do you know what happened last week in Russia? One of their biggest stars on television said that homosexuals should be put into the ovens alive. I didn’t think you could make the Holocaust worse but he’s like ‘Why the gas chamber? That seems a little too humane. Let’s put them alive in the ovens.’ I said on the air this week, I will stand with GLAAD. I will stand with anybody who will stand up and say that’s crazy. That’s dangerous. That’s hetero-fascism. That’s what that is. And we’re talking about Duck Dynasty. Really? Really?”
On radio this morning, Glenn questioned what our society has come to that we are so surprised people from opposing sides of the aisle can actually come together on certain issues.
“People on the left are saying they are shocked by my opinion. How sad is that,” Glenn asked. “Do we really not see each other as people anymore? Do we really believe that the other side is so awful they will celebrate gas chambers? Do we have no respect for each other? Or is it that we just don’t believe that the other side means anything that they say… What have we become?”
In keeping with a theme Glenn has been discussing for quite some time now, the only way to move forward is to begin to look for the things that can unite us instead of harping on the things that divide us.
“Let’s go find the things that unite us and don’t divide us. And that’s why I said I’ll stand with GLAAD on this Russia thing… But that’s not even a gay issue. Every church, every political organization, every civic organization should be standing up and saying, ‘Gee, what’s happening in the Soviet Union is really, really disturbing.’ This has all the earmarks of Weimar, Germany. They know fascism over in the former Soviet Union. They know gulags. They know how to kill people with wholesale slaughter. This is really disturbing,” Glenn explained. “Again, they are making it into a gay issue. It’s not a gay issue. It’s a human issue.”
“We better check ourselves,” Glenn concluded. “We need to make sure that we don’t lose our humanity because apparently a lot of people make everything a political issue. It’s not. It’s not who you sleep with. It’s who you love.”