Even if you don’t like Russian President Vladimir Putin, you have to respect him for his honesty. During a recent interview with director Oliver Stone, the Kremlin leader answered questions about showering next to gay men—and women’s menstrual cycles.
Stone conducted more than a dozen interviews with Putin over two years for a four-part documentary titled The Putin Interviews that is set to air on Showtime from June 12 to 15.
According to Bloomberg, which received two episodes before their release, Putin told Stone that he never has an off day as president because he’s a man, before clarifying that the comment isn’t meant to offend.
“I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” Putin reportedly says. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”
Stone and Putin also discussed whether Russia discriminates against gay people in connection with a 2013 law that banned gay “propaganda” to minors, with Putin reportedly stating that “there are no restrictions whatsoever” and beneficially comparing Russia to Islamic areas.
Putin also was apparently asked whether he’d take a shower next to a gay man in a submarine, to which he replied laughing, “Well, I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I’m a judo master and a SAMBO master as well.”
He continues, “As head of state today, I believe it’s my duty to uphold traditional values and family values. But why? Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children. God has decided, and we have to care about birth rates in our country. We have to reinforce families.”
The documentary also features scenes of Putin trying to be a normal dude, you know, flexing while on an exercise machine and feeding carrots to a thoroughbred horse, and all.
The Putin Interviews are set to debut on Monday.