Filmmaker Oliver Stone asks Vladimir Putin to be his 22-year-old daughter's godfather during meet at the Kremlin
In a sit down at the Kremlin on June 19, the transcript of which was released on July 19, Stone and Putin had a conversation about a Russian tradition, where if a man is asked to be a godfather, he cannot refuse
Filmmaker Oliver Stone's admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin is no secret but he's taken the adoration a notch up now. The conspiracy theorist and Oscar-winning director has asked Putin to be his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. In a sit down at the Kremlin on June 19, the transcript of which was released on July 19, Stone and Putin had a conversation about a Russian tradition, wherein, if a man is asked to be a godfather, he cannot refuse.
"How many children are you godfather to?” Stone asked him to which he replied, "I will not give a number but several people." He then asked Stone referring to his daughter, "Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?" Stone replied, "We'll make her that [Orthodox]."
Putin then told Stone that he would have to ask his daughter too to which Stone said, "As long as she stands in church, right?"
The duo went on to talk about American culture and youth and Stone steered the conversation saying that American youth were "spoiled to some degree in the western world". He said that they take things for granted and mentioned "the argument" on "newspaper, television" and "commentaries about gender" that makes it seem like "we miss the bigger point". He also mentioned gender identities like "transgender" and "cisgender" during the interview. He then steered the conversation to the 2013 law in Russia which bans "homosexual propaganda" among minors.
"It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law," said Stone and Putin replied, "It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live. There are no restrictions at all after this."
The interview with Putin took place soon after Stone announced the release of 'Revealing Ukraine', a film that he claims shows a different perspective of Russia. The two have also done other interviews in the past for his 2016 documentary 'Ukraine on Fire'.