Rammstein are renowned for their no bars held antics, pyromaniacal production, and envelope-pushing approach to overt sexuality, but a simple kiss between Richard Kruspe and Paul Flanders made a massive statement during a set in anti-LGBTQ Russia.
As seen in the video from a Berlin performance beneath, the kiss is no new happening for the German industrial-metal crew.
However, it took on much more meaning in Russia. There, on June 30th, 2013, president Vladimir Putin enacted a federal law known as “for the Purpose of Protecting Children From Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values,” or colloquially.
The Crowds went wild
No word yet on whether the band, or Kruspe and Flanders, specifically, were or will be punished for the act, but it wouldn’t be their first brush with the law.
The crowds erupted in support. Under the rule, even small gestures can carry heavy consequences, and if charged, violators can be detained for 15 days, fined up to 5,000 rubles (honestly, a pretty paltry $78 USD), and foreigners can be arrested and deported.