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Gay Reporter Cut Off by Kremlin Network 'RT' After Ripping Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO


Gay journalist James Kirchik appeared today on RT in a segment on the Bradley Manning verdict and decided to take his two minutes and rip Russia's anti-gay laws and blast the network and its reporters for shilling propaganda to the public and refusing to denounce oppression against LGBT people.

Said Kirchik: "I’m not really interested in talking about Bradley Manning. I’m interested in talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in Russia right now."

The must-watch video, AFTER THE JUMP...

As Towleroad reported earlier this month, RT (formerly Russia Today), the partially state-funded network founded with the intention of improving Russia's image abroad, has been supportive of the country's ban on "gay propaganda" and has tried to make the argument that the silly "warped" Americans don't know what they're talking about.

(via buzzfeed)

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  1. Bravo James Kirchik! Hopefully the feed went out live and was not censured. The pompous A-holes at RT got an earful and should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 21, 2013 12:21:18 PM

  2. Apparently this happened too, from his Twitter account: "True fact: @RT_com just called taxi company that took me to studio to drop me off on the side of the highway on way to Stockholm airport."

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Aug 21, 2013 12:22:11 PM

  3. Wow, good for him.

    Posted by: Luke | Aug 21, 2013 12:25:34 PM

  4. But remember it's not homophobic or discriminatory country! I know because Russian propaganda told me so!

    Posted by: Clarknt7 | Aug 21, 2013 12:25:40 PM

  5. Very proud of him, at the very least he tried and succeed the best he could on making his point. Three cheers!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: bructer | Aug 21, 2013 12:26:04 PM

  6. the english and irish hosts should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: disco | Aug 21, 2013 12:27:36 PM

  7. Russia is the epicentre of hypocrisy in the world. It's even worse than Saudi Arabia. Boycott Russia and anything Russian.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Aug 21, 2013 12:29:13 PM

  8. Oh Towleroad, he wasn't "cut off". Actually they gave him lots of time and he used it beautifully! Kudos to James Kirchik!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Aug 21, 2013 12:29:43 PM

  9. I'm surprised they allowed him to go on as long as he did. Bravo to him!

    Posted by: Joseph2 | Aug 21, 2013 12:37:48 PM

  10. Now was he in Russia?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 21, 2013 12:40:01 PM

  11. Good for him

    Posted by: Howard | Aug 21, 2013 12:52:46 PM

  12. if this happens again, they'll restrict their panels to shills who only regurgitate rt's opinions, just like faux news. we set a new bar for that type of television "journalism" in this country.

    kudos to james, he obviously made an impression, since they followed up with a phone call to the cab company. i hope he made it safely to the airport and didn't miss his flight.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 21, 2013 12:55:15 PM

  13. I got out of my chair and applauded the guy. EVERY gay person in America and throughout the world should be so vocal about the oppression and discrimination of gay people in Russia as well as anywhere else in the world. BOYCOTT everything Russia. Don't buy from or visit on vacation or business. Buy no Russian goods. Buy no services or goods from those American advertisers who support and contribute to Russia's discriminatory policies (NBC, Proctor and Gamble, McDonalds, CocaCola, Dow Chemical, AT&T, BMW, SAMSUNG, etc.). Don't believe these advertisers claims that there is little they can do - they can pull their business OUT OF RUSSIA and OUT OF THE OLYMPICS. Boycott the Olympics.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2013 1:00:30 PM

  14. According to his credits above the scroll, he was in Stockholm.

    Posted by: Brendan | Aug 21, 2013 1:02:17 PM

  15. Excellent they were squirmy and knew how well they had been read. "You can't stop the beat..."

    Posted by: donedeal | Aug 21, 2013 1:11:24 PM

  16. Strength in action. Rock on, Mr. Kirchick. The other panelists and the host tried talking over him almost the entire time, but he got his point across and he took a stand. Bravo! This is how we make a dent and make it clear we will not stand for discrimination.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 21, 2013 1:23:10 PM

  17. Damn, Jamie! Well done.

    Posted by: babh | Aug 21, 2013 1:23:56 PM

  18. Brave & Inspiring!

    Posted by: kudos | Aug 21, 2013 1:24:07 PM

  19. No big surprise....he was there to discuss something else...plus they gave him more time than he claims...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Aug 21, 2013 1:28:26 PM

  20. That was awesome

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 21, 2013 1:49:02 PM

  21. Brave and awe inspiring! A great person, to make the risky use of what he's got to speak out for freedom!

    Thanks, Mr. Kirchik!!!

    Posted by: El | Aug 21, 2013 1:49:40 PM

  22. Gotta Love It!

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 21, 2013 1:59:35 PM

  23. A true gay hero

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Aug 21, 2013 2:21:11 PM

  24. Props to him! From what I know of him, he's pretty right-wing on a lot of issues, but I must say I admire the fact that he would voluntarily raise an uncomfortable issue in a hostile setting like that. His words may not have been the most eloquent, but certainly it speaks well of him that he would take a stand and speak up for the gays in Russia. Kudos, Jamie, and keep it up.

    Posted by: GaYalie | Aug 21, 2013 3:00:24 PM

  25. Good for him.

    Posted by: reality | Aug 21, 2013 3:21:47 PM

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