Outraged by a New York Times op-ed detailing Russia's far-reaching persecution of gays, syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage pleaded with fellow imbibers to join him in boycotting all Russian vodkas as a way of drawing attention to the Kremlin's crackdown on homosexuals. Bars around the world have stopped stocking their cabinets with the Motherland's liquor, and now Philadelphia's iconic gay bar Woody's is joining in by hosting a Stoli dumping party this Wednesday.
“If Stoli can reap the benefits of their brand during good times, they should also be held accountable when the tides change," said Woody's owners in a release. "Let’s face it, we are buying a Russian Vodka brand along with the liquid inside."
By pouring bottle after bottle of Stoli down the drain, the bar hopes to encourage the company (which may or may not be Russian depending on who you ask) to pressure the government to reverse its harsh laws.
In attendance will be Pennsylvania's first gay State Representative Brian Simms, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilman Mark Squilla, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and State Senator Larry Farnese.
Woody's isn't the only bar in the city ditching Russian firewater. According to GPhilly, Westbury and Tabu are also part of the boycott.
For more details, visit the Stoli Dumping Party event page.
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