Volodymyr Zelensky made an impassioned plea during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, urging viewers to support Ukraine in any way they can as Russia continues to commit war crimes in the Eastern European country.
“Fill the silence with your music!” Complete it today. To tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way possible. Everything – but not silence,” he said in a pre-recorded video.
People around the world have been impressed with Zelensky’s fearless leadership over the past few weeks, but for anyone who paid attention to him before all of this, his incredible strength, stamina and determination are nothing new.
In October 2019, he held a record-breaking 14-hour press conference, during which he spoke to 300 reporters on a wide range of topics, including that controversial call with Donald Trump that had the former impeached. president (the first time).
At one point during the press conference, a homophobic heckler interrupted him to shout, “Why didn’t you tell the bishops and all of us that you will stop the [George] Program Soros Committee of 300 propagating the evil of homosexuality?
The man, wearing a crucifix around his neck, demanded to know: “Will you prevent the legalization of prostitution and abortions?
For context: the Committee of 300 was a popular conspiracy theory at the time that claimed an underground group controlled global commerce, banking, politics, and the media, among other things.
Zelensky patiently waited for him to finish his psychotic rant before politely denying having anything to do with the Committee of 300 or advocating for or against the legalization of prostitution.
“I am not committed to the legalization of prostitution which does not exist in the country,” he said. “The legalization of anything in the country can only be implemented through Ukrainian law if changes to the legislation are approved. This means by the hands of the Ukrainian parliament and by the approval of laws.
As for queer people, Zelensky didn’t mince words when he said: “Regarding LGBT: I don’t want to say anything negative because we all live in an open society where everyone can choose the language they speak, his ethnicity and [sexual] orientation.”
“Leave those at last in peace, for God’s sake!”
This viral video of the Ukrainian president @ZelenskyyUa mightily stop a homophobic heckler – now with more context by @Hromadske. A rare public display of passion in the defense of progressive values by a European leader these days ????????pic.twitter.com/v2uiEq5Ae4
— maksym.eristavi ?????? (@MaximEristavi) October 13, 2019
While you’re here, watch Zelensky’s speech at the 64th Grammy Awards.
?? Ukrainian artists, Zelensky addresses the Grammys audience.
President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the audience in a pre-recorded video, in which he said: “We are fighting against Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. pic.twitter.com/DrUzTNqsDO
— Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 4, 2022