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Steve Kornacki And His Media Panel Discuss Sochi Olympic Games, Gay Rights, Possible Boycott: VIDEO

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Over the weekend, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki gathered The New Republic's Julia Ioffe, Rashad Robinson from ColorofChange.org, former senior advisor in the Clinton administration, Richard Socarides, and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) for his morning talk show UP with Steve Kornacki to discuss the human rights abuses against LGBT people in Russia, the Sochi Olympics, calls for boycotts and the President's recent remarks on the subject.

Watch the gang discuss, among other things, "the global gay cabal" AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Need to stand up to the repressive regime

    Posted by: bructer | Aug 12, 2013 1:02:06 PM


  2. Terrible host. Julie made a statement about how anything that we do in the west will only make things worse for gay Russians and the host asks RASHAD what we should do about what Julie said.

    ASK JULIE!

    Rashad acts as if, as long as the IOC can get written promises that no FOREIGNERS will be affected by these laws then all is well. He also brings up Jesse Owens but fails to notice that Jesse Owens changed NOTHING in Nazi Germany and returned home to a country where he still wasn't allowed to vote, or drink from certain water fountains or ride in the front of a bus in many states. Jesse Owens is an American hero of history but he was virtually ignored in the halls of Congress and certainly in the halls of the Reichtag.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 12, 2013 1:14:36 PM


  3. That "New Republic" person is quite transparently unalterably opposed to LGBT rights.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 12, 2013 1:15:27 PM


  4. I don't believe there will be boycotts for Sotchi. Money talks.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 12, 2013 1:50:09 PM


  5. You break through the Russian anti LGBT mindset just exactly as we did here. With logic, conversation, debunking the fake science, and VISIBILITY. Which is the antithesis of what the news laws allow.

    The entire purpose of Russia's anti-gay 'propaganda' laws is to stifle discussion that would shine the light of truth on their irrational hatred of homosexuals. Make the homosexual invisible. If there were no fear of reprisal legal scholars in Russia would be up in arms over any laws that gut the constitutional rights of any group of citizens. Free speech, assembly, protest GONE. Separation of church and state GONE. Few in Russia dare to address the issues because the memory of Stalin's Russia lingers. It could be worth your career or possibly your life to stand against the regime.

    The nightly social media sites in Russia are loaded with comments that are anti-gay, anti-semitic, full of suspicion and derision of 'the West' (Europe & the US), and cite the obvious and debunked talking points used by hate groups everywhere; pedophilia, recruiting children, mental illness, the Bible, the Church, fake scientific studies that all credible researchers in the past 50 years have discredited.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 12, 2013 2:30:59 PM


  6. Kornacki and the guests did cover most of the salient issues well (Written guarantees from Russia for Sochi attendees. Visibility. Worldwide alliance of raised voices). Kudos. And Socaridies speaking up to tell them that they haven't seen anything yet was a warning they need to hear. The only point missing was that the ultimate goal is securing Russian recognition of equality and protection for it's LGBT citizens.

    Kornachi, CNN, MSNBC: Get legal analysis of the new Russian laws. Anti-gay as well as religious defamation.
    Question the UN. Violation of human rights charter Russia signed as a member.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 12, 2013 2:47:48 PM


  7. AMAZING HOW EVERYONE WANTS TO BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS BECAUSE OF RUSSIA'S TREATMENT OF GAYS. HOWEVER NO ONE WANTS TO BOYCOTT OIL FROM THE MIDDLE EAST OR TOURISM TO THE AFRICAN CONTINENT (TO INCLUDE EGYPT) BECAUSE OF THEIR TREATMENT OF GAYS, WHICH IS MUCH WORSE. AMAZING HOW GAYS PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT TO BOYCOTT. BUT BY ALL MEANS LET'S BOYCOTT VODKA AND STOP ATHLETES FROM FULFILLING THEIR LIFE LONG DREAMS. HYPOCRITES!!!!

    Posted by: HYPOCRITES | Aug 12, 2013 3:15:58 PM


  8. HYPOCRITES: Don't you get tired of trolling everywhere?

    And come on, the capitals are not necesary

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 12, 2013 3:51:48 PM


  9. I have a major crush on Kornacki and his often ill-fitting glasses. He is so nerdiciouslly cute and geektastically sexy.

    Posted by: bravo | Aug 12, 2013 11:06:39 PM


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