Tell it, Gandalf! Snap snap!
Ian McKellen is straight up one of the coolest dudes (there are actually two 'coolest dudes' and he's one of them) on the planet, and we are so proud to hear that he's helped pen an open letter about Russia's anti-gay laws!
He teamed up with 27 Nobel laureates to drop a letter filled with knowledge on Russian President Vladimir Putin!
Ian even cited his bona fides as "aka Gandalf/Henry V!"
The letter was printed by London's Independent newspaper:
"to indicate that many senior members of the international scientific community show solidarity with politicians, artists, sports people and many others who have already expressed their abhorrence for the Russian Government's actions against its gay citizens."
Here's a bit of what Sir Ian said:
"In my case. I have been warned by the UK Foreign Office that in Russia I could not speak openly about my sexuality, at least in the hearing of anyone under the age of 18. I have therefore felt that I had to turn down invitations to attend Russian film festivals."
This is AH-mazing!
Hopefully Putin sees it, and hopefully sees all of the important people in addition to Ian — legit nobel prize winning fellows — that are supporting the same ideas and thought!
SOMETHING needs to happen!
[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]
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