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How a Gay Artist Trolled Putin and Made a Russian State TV Sith

Homophobia is state-sponsored under Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.  But Frank Peter Wilde backed out.

Homophobia is state-sponsored under Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. But Frank Peter Wilde backed out. photo: watson

With daily selfies on Instagram, an artist from Berlin is committed to Ukraine. He is a star there, and has been extensively attacked on Russian television for being loyal to Putin.

15.08.2022, 13:5415.08.2022, 14:40

Yannick Eisenhart Rothe / T-Online

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At first, Frank Peter Wilde does not understand what he is seeing. Then he is shocked. Her own face twinkles on her phone: old and new photos, on demos from Ukraine or on CSD. Also, a moderator who speaks in Russian: Russian state propaganda broadcaster Rossija 1 Berlin reports on stylist Wilde.

Brief excerpts available for T-Online were filmed on television by an acquaintance and sent to Wilde via WhatsApp. But how was Berliner targeted by Russian campaigners?

become a star in no time

“I am a very political person and I think it is absolutely important that Ukraine is defended.”

The story begins with Wilde’s Instagram account. For years, Wilde, also known as a queer activist in Berlin, has been posting pictures showing her in his elevator almost every day. In different outfits, sometimes with a rainbow flag, sometimes with friends, sometimes wearing light clothes and sometimes completely naked. It is his hobby, which initially attracts little attention.

Just before Russia’s attack on Ukraine in February, Wilde decided to express her solidarity with Ukraine in her elevator selfie. Since then his account has been dominated by the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine. Every day a new picture is added. “I am a very political person and I think it is absolutely important that Ukraine is defended,” he says.

“A few weeks later, a Ukrainian journalist called me and asked if she could report on me,” Wilde says. He immediately agreed and thought little of it at first. “It wasn’t until the post was out that I realized what a big deal it was. It was from Ukraine’s art magazine ‘The Village’.”

Since then, Wilde’s popularity in Ukraine has grown rapidly. TV reports and other articles follow. He is now followed by over 100,000 people on Instagram, many of whom are from Ukraine.

State television response of Russia

“Look, this is decadent Western Europe.”

“The reaction from Ukraine to his photos has been “overwhelming,” says Wilde. This surprised him. After all his pictures are “in the face gay”, that is, apparently gay. “The one that went down well in modern cities.” Goes on, okay. But soldiers from the south of the country also wrote to me that they liked what I do. Real hardcore straight guys.”

Apparently, a lot of attention was also paid to Russia in Ukraine. The Russian broadcaster also stole old photos from his Facebook account for the post, says Wilde. “Some of them are supersupergiants.” They have a guess as to what Russian TV wants to show with the report: “Look, it’s decadent Western Europe that wants to corrupt our pure Russian soul. Such fallen fag, like that.”

In the post, the Russian moderator introduced Wilde and said he supports Ukraine with “revealing photos”. With such friends, Ukrainians will no longer need enemies. On the other hand, such “ridiculous performance” is exactly the level of support one can count on.

Wilde says there has been a significant increase in inflammatory and gay comments or direct messages on her Instagram profile since the Russian TV report. “Many of these come from accounts that have zero followers and no profile picture.”

Sarah Connor shows off her colors

“I thought he said the old man had gone mad.”

But Berliner certainly doesn’t want to back down. His political activism has long developed into a close personal relationship. He met friends from Ukraine and supported refugees arriving at the main train station. and extended his activism to his professional life.

Because Wilde has been Sarah Connor’s stylist for a long time. When the war began, he was in the midst of preparing for Connor’s tour. “It all has to be super shiny and gorgeous.” When he saw the pictures and people fleeing from Ukraine, he thought: “We can’t do that.”

He sent a message to Connor, suggesting that he wear a simple shirt with “No War” instead. ‘I thought he said the old man had gone mad. But she really wanted to do it.” She then wore the shirt for the entire tour.

So Wilde continues with her activism. “I’m not scared,” he says. But he will still take some security measures. Some time ago he found a Ukrainian television team in his private apartment and filmed it there. “I wouldn’t do that anymore, I only meet the media outside,” he says.

Overall, though, he wants to emphasize how secure he feels. “I’m doing it comfortably here from the safety of Germany. What are people doing elsewhere?”

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