German tanzmetal legends Rammstein surprised fans yesterday during the concert in Chorzów, Poland by proudly waving rainbow and Polish flags whilst travelling from one stage to another in little inflatable boats.
According to Tomasz Kołodziejczyk, head of the local LGBT foundation "Stowarzyszenie Tęczówka," the band reached out to them prior to the concert and asked to borrow the flags.
This is most definietely the band's response to recent events in Poland where attacks on the LGBT people by extremist far-right nationalists are on the rise:
- On July 20 during the first ever Pride event in Biaĺystok, Poland, a group of extremists pelted the march goers with rocks, glass bottles and firecrackers. 25 people have been detained by police.
- A few days prior to that event, a right-wing Polish news magazine announced plans to distribute “LGBT-free zone” stickers to readers, comparing gay people to Nazis as it vowed to fight against the “LGBT ideology.”
- The ruling Law and Justice party is also dominated by anti-LGBT views, with party leader Jarosław Kaczyński declaring LGBT+ people a “threat” to the country and an “attack on the family and children.”