WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Local bar owners and LGBT organizations joined forces Thursday to protest Russian vodka over the country’s recent passage of anti-gay laws.
The “Down The Drain With Russian Vodka” ceremony took place at 11 a.m. in front of Micky’s bar, 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, in West Hollywood.
During the ceremony, participants poured Russian vodkas, including Stoli and Russian Standard, down the curbside drains. The bottles actually contained water due to environmental regulations.
With the overwhelming support of Russia’s parliament and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval, the country recently banned gay pride events, gay adoptions and gay “propaganda.”
“We come together to stand up against Russia’s treatment of its LGBT people,” says Micky’s Owner Michael Niemeyer. “While we can’t be on the streets of Russia protesting the recent anti-LGBT legislation, we can show support by not selling Russian brands in turn bringing national attention to these terrible crimes.”