Last August, Watch What Happens Live cutie Andy Cohen wisely bowed of the Miss Universe pageant, citing fears for his safety. “The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he said at the time, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.” EXACTLY. We’re SUPPOSED to be boycotting these things, remember? Welllll. Not so fast. Yesterday, it was announced that MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts was replacing Andy and hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
On the MSNBC blog he tried rationalizing his going to Russia: “Boycotting and vilifying from the outside is too easy. Rather, I choose to offer my support of the LGBT community in Russia by going to Moscow and hosting this event as a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay.” HUH? How does that work again? As a gay man you are going to go to Russia to… teach ’em a lesson? Are you also going to eat Barilla pasta with Maggie Gallagher? Will that help change the world? I think I’ve lost all respect for Thomas Roberts. He’s like a scab laborer who crosses the picket line to work. He’s like Stevie Wonder playing in Sun City. He’s like Hilary Swank singing Happy Birthday to Chechnyan dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. He’s like Sandy Duncan replacing Valerie Harper on Valerie’s Family. (Anybody? Anybody?). As a gay man, you need to stand tall, and just say no. I will not be watching the Miss Universe pageant this year. I’ll wait for Andy to be back next year, when they should have it in P-Town or Fire Island. Or WeHo. Or SOMEWHERE gay-friendly. After all, we’re the only ones who watch.