John M. Becker

Olympic Toilets Encourage Gay Propaganda? [Caption This]

Filed By John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: BBC, gay propaganda, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian propaganda law, Sochi, Sochi 2014, toilets, twin toilets

When BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg toured the Biathlon Centre, a venue for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games, he spotted something strange on his bathroom break: a twin toilet, with no divider and only one roll of toilet paper between them.

He tweeted a photo, which went viral and provoked a harsh round of criticism in Russia about the ballooning cost of the Games and what exactly the money is being spent on.

Rosenberg's photo is below. For a country that's in the midst of a draconian crackdown on public displays of homosexuality ("gay propaganda"), doesn't it seem a little counterintuitive to construct bathrooms that might, well, invite them?

Then again, maybe it's just me. (For the record, that was sarcasm.) What's your best caption for this photo?

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