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Harvey Fierstein Discusses Russia, Orson Scott Card, And More

Harvey Fierstein
We told you the other day about Harvey Fierstein's editorial for the New York Times on Russia, Putin, and the "war on homosexuals" that they have declared. The Hollywood Reporter secured a follow-up interview with Fierstein to expand on his editorial. In it, he suggests how to deal with Russia:

"You can’t get them through a U.N. sanction: 'Oh boy, the U.S. is mad at me. I’m shaking all the f--k over.' There’s only one way and that's in the pocketbook. You hurt them in the pocketbook, they shut the f--k up and back the f--k down."

Advice to competing Olympians:

"And Olympic athletes, I understand: You’ve worked your asses off for this for years, but there are still bigger things than you hanging something around your neck. There are bigger things in this world."

*cough*

And his opinions on Orson Scott Card:

"The quotes that got me about him weren’t against gay marriage -- he wanted homosexuality criminalized in the United States. That's what he called for. You want me to be tolerant of you wanting to criminalize homosexuality? F--k you on your grave, you piece of s--t."

Fierstein is an accomplished actor, four-time Tony winner, and most recently the playwright for the stage production of Kinky Boots.

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  1. Made my morning! Thanks for the laugh

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 26, 2013 9:01:17 AM


  2. Where's the pressure on NBC and MSNBC? Why single out the athletes with "there are bigger things in this world"? If the past is any indication, NBC will have at least three cable channels broadcasting the events throughout the day.

    Gee, imagine if it was Fox.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 26, 2013 9:02:09 AM


  3. I loves me some Harvey!! :)

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 26, 2013 9:07:35 AM


  4. Well, if they're not boycotted, we can always wear rainbow flag pins showing support. If a non-Russian were to waive a rainbow flag in the Sochi stadiums, I wonder if they would actually arrest you for pro-homosexual propaganda? There must be some way to show support for gay rights and RUSSIAN gays without being too discreet. Arresting an american (or anyone else for that matter) for showing support would be horrible PR for that country.

    Posted by: will | Jul 26, 2013 9:26:28 AM


  5. Harvey has lit a match. Now, it will take others to feed the flame.

    Let's see what happens if a gay American couple travels to Russia and gets arrested. Let's see if one prominent American athlete - Michael Phelps? - withdraws. Let's see if Tom Roberts and Anderson Cooper refuse to cover the Games. Let's see if some major sponsors - Nike, Apple, Microsoft - pull out of NBC coverage.

    Then, there will be a tipping point. Either the world will look the other way or it will stand up against the immoral attacks on gay rights in Russia.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 26, 2013 9:35:40 AM


  6. Love him! (and love me some Cyndi Lauper too!!) they tell it like it is and how it should be! Bravo!

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 26, 2013 9:35:58 AM


  7. At this point, it nauseates me to even watch anything from Russia or read anything about Russia.
    Russia in my eyes has turned into the worst of possible nations. It's sickening to know that people will gather to compete in the Olympics there on the dead backs of teens who have committed suicide and murdered gay men.

    Posted by: Martin | Jul 26, 2013 9:38:44 AM


  8. what Martin said X1000!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jul 26, 2013 9:48:23 AM


  9. " Let's see if some major sponsors - Nike, Apple, Microsoft - pull out of NBC coverage."

    Amazing. NBC escapes pressure. Harvey did it too, at the end of the interview. Wonder why that is.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 26, 2013 9:48:39 AM


  10. GR8GUYCA, Phelps won't be participating as this is the Winter Olympics.

    I agree with the above poster that we need to be putting pressure on NBC to bring this to light -- they need to be covering this more in their newscasts.

    May the ghosts of Tchaikovsky and Diaghilev and Nureyev terrorize Putin for the rest of his life.

    Posted by: Joseph2 | Jul 26, 2013 9:48:54 AM


  11. NBC needs to run some Public Service Announcements supporting a boycott of Russia, and educating people on human rights abuses there.

    Posted by: Vint | Jul 26, 2013 10:09:28 AM


  12. "Let's see if one prominent American athlete - Michael Phelps? - withdraws."

    ::rolls eyes::

    My god, some gays are so misinformed, it would be laughable if it wasn't so effin' sad. Russia is hosting the WINTER Olympics. Also, Michael Phelps is retired.

    This is why blindly following a boycott because you read it on some gay blog is ill advised. At least have the intelligence to investigate the facts and make your own decision.

    Posted by: ripper | Jul 26, 2013 10:12:04 AM


  13. @ Joseph2

    Oops. Yes, of course. How about Shaun White instead?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 26, 2013 10:16:55 AM


  14. @ Ripper

    Dude, back off. I know the difference between the Winter and Summer Olympics. If, for no other reason than I went to the Salt Lake City Olympics. And I know Phelps has retired.

    I just forgot and pulled out the name of the most famous Olympian that came to mind. But it's interesting that you generalize from my "slip of the tongue" to insulting so many gays as being "misinformed."

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 26, 2013 10:26:08 AM


  15. The probability of a boycott is slim to none. Olympic boycotts do not work: didn't work in '80 when US boycotted Moscow (Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, which lasted 9yrs.) nor in '84 when Russia boycotted LA. Further, if Harvey wants the athletes to make sacrifices for something many have worked for their entire lives then he should ask the same of others -- share the pain.

    We know the sponsor(s) are not going to boycott the Olympics and pass on the global marketing/advertising opportunity. Therefore, every LGBT person working for one of these companies should quit in protest including those that work for NBC. Still as appealing???

    A better example would be Jessie Owens who showed Hitler that he did not have the “superior race” or the 1968 Olympic “Black Power Salute” (Gold Medal Ceremony Protest). Let the LGBT athletes do the same (or something similar) to show Putin and the rest of the world just how completely wrong and misplaced is the Russian ideology.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jul 26, 2013 10:45:22 AM


  16. @ GR8GUYCA: Uh-huh, sure, being entirely unaware that this issue was regarding the Winter Olympics was a "slip of tongue."

    What's more interesting is that you read "some gay" as "so many gays." You really do have a sheep mentality.

    Posted by: ripper | Jul 26, 2013 11:04:25 AM


  17. Ripper, please die in a grease fire at the bottom of an outhouse pit filled with radioactive piranha while Milli Vanilli plays on an endless loop.

    Posted by: Joseph2 | Jul 26, 2013 11:07:32 AM


  18. @ Joseph2:

    ::Further rolling of eyes::

    Could you be any more of a cliche?

    Posted by: ripper | Jul 26, 2013 11:22:38 AM


  19. "A better example would be Jessie Owens who showed Hitler that he did not have the “superior race”

    It was great that Jessie Owens won. But that Olympic victory didn't save a single life- didn't prevent World War II or the Holocaust. It was a brief slap in the face to Hitler and was quickly forgotten.

    And when Owens came back to the United States he eventually had to work as a gas station attendant because no one would hire him because he was African-American.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 26, 2013 11:25:21 AM


  20. "but there are still bigger things than you hanging something around your neck."

    I appreciate Harvey's passionate commentary, but that is simplistic.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 26, 2013 11:49:42 AM


  21. "but there are still bigger things than you hanging something around your neck."

    I appreciate Harvey's passionate commentary, but that is simplistic.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 26, 2013 11:49:43 AM


  22. I now forgive Harvey for Mrs. Doubtfire.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jul 26, 2013 1:13:10 PM


  23. If NBC doesn't broadcast the Olympics, or American athletes don't go, what does Russia actually lose? Nothing. And even if NBC did go and put a disclaimer or every American athlete made it a point to be vocal, almost no Russians would see it anyway on their televisions. I can't imagine Russia would suddenly care what Americans think of their country any more than they have in the past 200 years, to be honest.

    Posted by: JY | Jul 26, 2013 1:22:39 PM


  24. If NBC doesn't broadcast the Olympics, or American athletes don't go, what does Russia actually lose? Nothing. And even if NBC did go and put a disclaimer or every American athlete made it a point to be vocal, almost no Russians would see it anyway on their televisions. I can't imagine Russia would suddenly care what Americans think of their country any more than they have in the past 200 years, to be honest.

    Posted by: JY | Jul 26, 2013 1:22:39 PM


  25. He point about OSC is on target. Card wants to downplay some of the statements he's made, but his animus is quite clear.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 26, 2013 2:00:06 PM


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