Rammstein are showing their true colours as LGBTQ allies.
Two members of the German heavy metal band, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe, shared a kiss on stage during a performance in Russia’s capital city Moscow to protest the country’s anti-LGBTQ attitudes and laws.
While homosexuality isn’t illegal in Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created a hostile environment for LGBTQ people. A prominent LGBTQ activist was recently murdered after her name was listed on a vile ‘gay-hunting’ website.
Elsewhere, in self-governed Russian state Chechnya, gay people have been rounded up and held in modern-day concentration camps, with many of them tortured for information and some even beaten to death.
Rammstein shared a photo of the kiss, which took place during their song Aüslander, on their Instagram page alongside the caption: “Russia, we love you!”
It’s not the first time the band have shown support for LGBTQ rights on this tour – during a performance in Poland, the band waved rainbow Pride flags as they crowd-surfed in a rubber dinghy.
The bold statement came after reports that members of Poland’s LGBTQ community had faced violence during a Pride march in the country, as well as reports of ‘LGBT-free’ zones being promoted by bigots.
Rammstein’s show of support for LGBTQ people has gone down very well with fans of the band.
RAMMSTEIN'S MOSCOW INSTA PICS ARE FILLED WITH HUGS AND KISSES LIKE A SYMBOLIC MIDDLE FINGER OH MY GOD I LOVE THESE CHAOTIC MEN
— chronic neon j brainrot⁷ (@taejinception) July 30, 2019
lgbt flags in poland, a mlm kiss in russia, rammstein doesn't give a fuck and i love it
— backup (@spacejjongie) July 30, 2019
I love this band so so much 💕
Just when I thought I couldn't love them more than I already do, here they come, waving pride flags and openly supporting LGBTQ people. Thank you Rammstein for being the most amazing human beings one could ask for! 💕🏳️🌈#Rammstein #Pride pic.twitter.com/PDvIBKAu7p
— Earl from Ipanema 击 (@laudadoom) July 25, 2019
rammstein having two guys kiss in a show in Russia is donkey dick energy pic.twitter.com/FKfXkRymfT
— teknon (@teknon_my) July 30, 2019