There have been many expressions of displeasure with Russian president Vladimir Putinâ€™s anti-gay laws. Some have been relatively quiet. Iâ€™m thinking of openly gay Bravo television chief and host Andy Cohenâ€™s decision to boycott emceeing the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow this November. And then thereâ€™s openly gay American journalist Jamie Kirchick, who took his displeasure with Russiaâ€™s homophobic laws to heroic new heights during an interview on the Russia Today television show.
When the hosts went to Kirchick in his Stockholm studio, he donned a pair of rainbow â€śgay pride suspendersâ€ť and spent the next two minutes decrying the anti-gay laws and condemning the reporters he said were ignoring the lawsâ€™ impact on gay men and lesbians in Russia — instead of talking about Bradley Manning, as was expected.
Iâ€™m not really interested in talking about Bradley Manning. Iâ€™m interested in talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in Russia right now, and to let the Russian gay people know that they have friends and allies in solidarity from people all over the world, and that weâ€™re not going to be silenced in the face horrific repression that is perpetrated by your paymaster, Vladimir Putin. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m here to talk about.
Kirchick went on to say, â€śYou have 24 hours a day to lie about the United States and to ignore whatâ€™s going on in Russia. You have 24 hours a day to do that. Iâ€™m going to take my two minutes and tell people the truth.â€ť
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