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WATCH: Thomas Roberts Condemns Russia’s Antigay Laws on Miss Universe Red Carpet

Before his controversial co-hosting gig at the Miss Universe pageant last night in Moscow, openly gay NBC correspondent Thomas Roberts spoke out against Russia’s antigay law while walking the red carpet. “I know the law is very vague and still hard to interpret for many people,” Roberts stated. “But it is discrimination and that’s definitive. And I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere should be marginalized to that degree. We are not asking for special protection. We’re just asking for equal respect.”

By:           EDITORS
On:           Nov 10, 2013
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  • 23 Comments
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      Thumbs down to Thomas Roberts. He’s a piece of crap.

      He said or did nothing on the actual show to bring the public’s attention to the anti-gay laws in Russia. Some might even say he’s a traitor.

      Nov 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dxley
      Dxley

      Thumbs up to Thomas Roberts.

      Nov 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      He is the new Harvey Milk !!! Gays in Russia : you don’t have to be affraid anymore, Super Thomas Roberts is Here ! He will save you All With his super powers ! Bang bang ! Take that Putin ! My words are more powerfull than your law ! Bang ! Bang ! LOL

      Nov 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GymJockTX
      GymJockTX

      I reckon I’m powerful superficial, cuz I’d still like to pretty much eat him alive, bang him senseless, and blow him ’til they’s ain’t nuthin’ left o’ his baby batter, ‘ceptin what’s stuck ‘tween my teeth…

      Nov 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • litper
      litper

      How many people saw this? 10?

      Nov 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      @litper:

      LOL!

      Bingo! this did absolutely nothing and he still put that cash in his pocket from the pageant

      Nov 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snapper59
      Snapper59

      I wonder what made him abandon his news career. MSNBC must be phasing him out – replacing him with Mia Farrow’s kid? They’re both wearing enough makeup they look a step away from Drag Race.

      Nov 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AnitaMann
      AnitaMann

      What an embarrassment.

      Nov 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      Gay Uncle Tom. Piss off.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 12:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bledoutcolor
      bledoutcolor

      Thomas Roberts is courageous, intelligent, and as a gay youth myself (just turned 20) I can say hes a great role model and hero to young gay people who are struggling with their places in the world, just like all out successful and happy adults are.

      That is all.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 2:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      @bledoutcolor: Your youth betrays you. Get a sense of gay history and then get back to the rest of us. We were gay bashed when police did not care. We were building a better world for LGBT people while you were in diapers. We blazed the trail while people of your ilk were blindly following behind. Sorry, Son, but your observations fall on deaf ears.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 3:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      @bledoutcolor: Here is a little grammar lesson: “Thomas Roberts is courageous, intelligent, and, as as gay youth myself (I just turned 20), I can say that he’s a great role model and hero to young gay people, who are struggling with their places in the world. Mr. Roberts is the same as all out, successful and happy adults.” Get a little more education and then post. Thank you!

      Nov 11, 2013 at 3:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      How much was Thomas Roberts paid for this hosting gig? Thirty pieces of silver?

      Nov 11, 2013 at 4:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      @bledoutcolor: as a 20 year old you have NO clue. When I was 20 (before you were born) my best friends were all dying around me, with a republican administration that ignored the problem because it was only happening to queers and drug addicts. YOU are probably bare-backing on a nightly basis with no regard to the consequences, cause you can always just “take some pills”. GROW UP!

      Nov 11, 2013 at 6:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      Harley,

      Um, gay men could easily have avoided AIDS by stopping their use of drugs and stopping their sexual promiscuity with total strangers. Don’t blame government for the poor choices that gay men made.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 6:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harley
      Harley

      @jimbryant: let’s see: 1) me and my friends did not do drugs with the exception of alcohol, and 2) sexual promiscuity is going on today as it has since mankind was hunting and gathering. 3) I had friends in committed monogomous relationships die as well. YOU obviously did not live through the epidemic so YOU obviously don’t know what we went through in the 80′s. I was lucky ( and still am ) in maintaining my negative status. You are heartless and misinformed. Go watch your FOX news and troll somewhere else you creep.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 8:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      @jimbryant: “Poor choices?!?!?!?” How can you make a choice when there was no information available because the government (Reagan Administration) chose to remain silent? YOU have no sense of history. Educate yourself and try again.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 9:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Degas
      Degas

      @bledoutcolor: Stay positive and ignore the grammar queen. Your sentiment is what is important. My son is about your age, and your generation is blazing its own trails. One generation builds for the next. It’s a blessing and a gift that you are able to live openly and at such a young age. It’s important to know gay history, but the only person you owe a single thing to is yourself. Live a good life, and love.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dev.C
      Dev.C

      You all sound like those far right nut jobs who complain about the good old days. If you feel that strongly about this situation then maybe you should fly to russia and become a martyr for the gay population. Just because 30-40 years ago activist aggressively picketed the street for justice doesn’t mean the same will happen today. Thomas Roberts has done nothing wrong other than doing his job, His personal feelings should be just that, Personal. Anderson Cooper has to talk to countless assholes and he never brings his personal feelings into play when doing his job.

      I don’t understand why people expect Celebrities and Reporters to risk their livelihoods, Jobs, Families because they have visibility and access to the assholes who cause this hell. We can’t even get full respect and equality in our own country, so why do we feel a need to reprimand and call out someone else?

      Nov 11, 2013 at 11:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimbryant
      jimbryant

      Harley,

      How do you know that your friends were monogamous? Did you keep a tab on them?

      The sad fact is that gay men have chosen a highly promiscuous environment in which to socialize. It is far more promiscuous than that involving men who interact with women.

      Keep in mind that when a man visits a gay sauna, he pays $10 and can then go in and have sex with as many non-vetted men as he wants. Three, four, five…it’s all in a night’s work.

      When a man visits a brothel, he pays about $150 and can then have sex with only one vetted woman. The expense and the vetting act to prevent STD’s in the heterosexual scenario.

      Nov 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dxley
      Dxley

      I cannot believe these old men are attacking this kid. It’s not his fault that you went through what you did and don’t criticise him for thinking of Roberts as a hero – get your own heroes.

      I think he’s right and I back what he said. You people wanted Roberts to refuse money? Well, that’s messed up. I would have taken the job as well if I were him and support my husband with it and pay the bills. Way to go, Roberts!!!

      Btw I’m not opening up for debate, just voicing my opinion!

      Nov 12, 2013 at 1:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vocodr
      vocodr

      Great make-up, Thomas! You forgot your wig, though.

      Nov 12, 2013 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefano
      Stefano

      A gay journalist that covers a Miss Universe contest a hero and a model ? I can’t stop laughing. LOL

      Nov 13, 2013 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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