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Andy Cohen Won’t Host Miss Universe Pageant In Russia, But Giuliana Rancic Will!

giuliana_pic_peach_dressLooks like Donald Trump will need to find a new cohost for the Miss Universe pageant when it kicks off in Homophobe’s Paradise later this year.

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.

On:           Aug 15, 2013
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    • flick847

      As far as I know, the Miss Universe pageant is the only major international pageant that actually DOES allow transgender participants. Plus, Russia, while far from being a good place for gays to live, is FAR from being the most homophobic country in the world. Parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Caribbean make Russia look like a Lady Gaga concert.

      Aug 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sparkyu1

      Interesting to see which boycotts Queerty supports. Miss Universe should buy advertising here

      Aug 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tookietookie

      Well, her name is Rancid.

      Aug 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty

      I think it’s time to boycott the E Channel.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • aamyko

      She looks like a mantis.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 6:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Halston

      I think they should have it in Saudia Arabia.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 8:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dustolio

      Really? Giuliana Rancic is a homophobe for daring to set foot in Russia? Really? This is the dumbest article I have ever read. Have you forgotten who Giuliana Rancic is and where she works? Ugh, Queerty.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rdujetz

      Guess she’s much more of a money / media whore than our Andy.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 10:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Bravo for Andy Cohen doing the right thing.

      If Giuliana Rancic doesn’t drop out of this awful pageant, it will be as if she endorses the anti-gay policies of Russia. And Trump needs to pull the pageant out of Russia. That would be the right thing to do.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @flick847: said…

      “As far as I know, the Miss Universe pageant is the only major international pageant that actually DOES allow transgender participants. Plus, Russia, while far from being a good place for gays to live, is FAR from being the most homophobic country in the world.

      Gee, what a shock, it’s a Trump event and the first comment is a defense of it and Russia.

      Well Flick, so by your logic, we should never complain about anything unless it is the absolute worst thing or place. So we can’t complain about the way women are treated in Saudi Arabia, because gee, it’s worse for them in Afghanistan.

      For your information these anti-gay laws in Russia are brand new, and you can not only be jailed for simply holding hands, but Russian police are refusing to investigate a rash of gay kidnappings, tortures and murders…even though many of the events have been uploaded to Russia’s version of youtube and the perpetrators faces are clear.

      So Fuck Russia,
      Fuck the Miss Univers Pagent
      Fuck Donald Trump
      And fuck Giuliana Rancic.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      If you want to complain to the Network that hosts Giuliana’s show “Fashion Police” about her appearing in Russia here is a link.


      Aug 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RyanOKC

      I’m would have expected her to turn it down too. Sends a really bad message from someone who claims to be a supporter of LGBT community.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polaro

      Wow, seems Fashion Police is a real mess. They are just greedy twats. Between the greed with their writing staff and now this. I think they lost a viewer.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teleny

      I’m sorry that Giuliana is doing this….

      Aug 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lagunaflipsta

      They will be short of stylists.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DennisBTR

      Very disappointed by Giuliana Rancic’s decision to host. It will certainly make me rethink my position of watching the shows in which she appears.

      Aug 17, 2013 at 8:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sanfranca1

      @Cam: Thank you!

      Aug 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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