The competition, set to be held in Moscow on November 9, will be missing the familiar face of Andy Cohen, who has served as cohost alongside E! News’ Giuliana Rancic for the past two years. The Bravo-lebrity told Rancic this week that he turned down the gig because Russia’s “discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.”
“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he continued, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”
Currently, there is a Change.org petition circulating in hopes of convincing Miss Universe organizers to move the pageant to a country more accepting of LGBTs, claiming “Russia is no longer a safe destination and host country.”
Sure, Andy Cohen is sending a strong message by turning down some serious cash in the name of equality, but isn’t Ms. RanciD sending an even stronger message by accepting money from a homophobic organization to host a transphobic pageant in the most homophobic country on Earth?
Something smells fishy, and it’s you, Ms. Rancid.