It's Vlad and the family Stone.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone suggested Vladimir Putin should be the godfather to his 22-year-old daughter -- and the Russian leader was game.
The odd invitation reportedly came during a meeting at the Kremlin between the Vietnam veteran-turn-Hollywood director and the former KGB officer-cum-politician. According to a transcript released by the Kremlin, Stone floated the idea when Putin told him that according to Russian Orthodox tradition, a man asked to be a godfather can't refuse the invitation.
"How many children are you godfather to?" Stone asked.
"I will not give a number but several people," Putin answered.
Stone asked if that number could be as high as 300, which Putin shot down.
"No, no, are you serious?" Putin asked. "Certainly not. Just a few."
Stone then said that if Putin were looking for another godchild, he might volunteer his daughter Tara, according to the transcript. Putin asked if Tara would convert to the Russian Orthodox faith to seal the deal and Stone said "OK, we'll make her that."
After establishing common ground as Christians, Putin and Stone reportedly discussed American culture, specifically as it relates to gender identity.
"So much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender, people identify themselves, and social media, this and that, I'm male, I'm female, I'm transgender, I'm cisgender... It goes on forever, and there is a big fight about who is who. It seems like we miss the bigger point," Stone reportedly said.
When Putin suggested Americans live too well and focus their energy on things like sexual identity, Stone agreed.
"Yeah, but it's not a healthy culture," he said.
Putin then reminded Stone that in Russia, there are now laws that prevent "propaganda" allowing young people to speak freely about their sexuality. Stone seemed to indicate Putin's regime might be on to something.
"It seems like maybe that's a sensible law," Stone concurred.
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