As children we gathered around the TV sets to cheer on our favorite contestants.
We ‘oohed’ and ‘oh no she didn’t’ over the swimsuits and fearlessly critiqued the evening gowns, not to mention being on the edge of our seat for the dreaded final question.
It would seem it is our turn on the world stage. And now the final question is “What would you do to support the LGBT community in Russia”?
The pressure is on, you’re about to lose it, people are waiting, lights camera action.
“Ah! World Peace”, I would give the Russia LGBT community World Peace. A World where they can have a real piece of it. Peace of mind, peace to be themselves, peace to love whom they wish, how they wish and when and where they wish.
You might get a round of applause, but you might just be picked up by the police, beaten and jailed. I can assure you it is not a fantasy come true.
A Russian journalist says he was fired for coming out on live television earlier this year amid the passage of the country’s new anti-gay propaganda laws.
Anton Krasovsky, who was then the editor-in-chief of Kremlin-backed Kontr TV, has since been deleted from the Internet, according to news sources. He said he spoke out because he was uncomfortable covering LGBT news in Russia without being honest to viewers.
“I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” Krasovsky said, according to Russian news site Snob.ru.
Krasovsky told CNN this week that he ended up being fired the same night as the announcement.
The law, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 29, makes it a crime to show public expression of support for nontraditional relationships.
Yelena Mizulina, one of the bill’s authors, said in an interview that the four kinds of nontraditional relationships are “men with men, women with women, bisexuality and being transgender,”
The law has come under scrutiny by the international community because Russia is planning to host major upcoming events like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, set for November.
Principals without principles.
Both the Official Olympic Committee and the Trump owned Miss Universe Organization have a code of ethics. A standard mantra by which they claim they govern themselves by. These impressive principles are powerless if they are not enforced.
Donald Trump lives for controversy. In the past he has even organized the scandal to boost the shows rating.
To date his comb-over has worked for him, but like in life, it is now out of style.
Official Olympic Committee should be outraged and demand change or threaten to move the games.
If they did move the Olympic games to lets say Canada, Russia’s President Putin would know first hand slap what it is like to be ostracized. A very expensive multibillion dollar world lesson.
Now that could be just the voting ticket to remove this dick-tator out of office.
The Official Olympic Committee has made a quiet noise, just to say yes, we too are outraged, and then they did absolutely nothing about it. No sanctions, no fines and no violations. Nothing,
You must remember this is Olympic history repeating itself. In 1936 the Official Olympic Committee allowed Ole Adolf Hitler and his merry band of fascists to host the Olympics Games. The Nazis knew the world was watching so they removed all the negative propaganda away from prying journalist and athletes eyes. They even cut back on the slaughtering and genocide of an entire population until after the final presentation. Wasn’t that sweet. Principals without principles.
There is a campaign to ban the 2014 Olympics? Is that fair to all the athletes?
Some say by not attending the 2014 Olympic Games only allows the Russians athletes to win by default.
I am the first to scream boycott, but I think there is a better way. All the athletes should go, but go proudly supporting the LGBT community. Show Russia what somewhere over the rainbow really means.
Along with Official Olympic Committee and the Trump owned Miss Universe Organization, we have another group who needs a little LGBT tough love and that is NBCUniversal. Now NBC’s ratings, as well as, the peacock’s current program slumps, do not need any large and powerful demographic group to boycott their broadcasts and or the sponsors who pay the bills. NBC is not only broadcasting The 2014 Olympics from Moscow, they are the official broadcaster of the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant live from Russia in November. Something has to be done.
I have often said they road to change is driven by revenue. The LGBT community has one of the highest disposable incomes in the world economy. In the last few years many smart marketing firms have realized, a bit late to the party, the buying power of the LGBT community. It is time to put that power to use.
Andy Cohen, 45, who has co-hosted the pageant the last two years, told E! News Wednesday that he will not be heading to Moscow for this year’s festivities because of the law.
“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he said, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”
The LGBT community does not support the organizations that support and elect officials who write and enact these vile laws.
So make some noise. Boycott NBCUniversal and Boycott The Miss Universe Pageant. The broadcast is about revenue. To get the big revenue you need big numbers. So let’s boycott the Miss Universe sponsors.
Trump the Trump and hit The Donald in his ole money belt. I can assure you if this was the Miss World Pageant we were talking about The Miss World organization would move the pageant to a friendly shore. They have done it in the past and can do it again. They seem to believe their motto “beauty with a purpose”.
How would you have answered the final question “What would you do to support the LGBT community in Russia”?