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Thomas Roberts Interviews Journalist Fired After Coming Out as Gay in Russia: VIDEO

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Thomas Roberts is in Russia for his hosting gig at the Miss Universe pageant later this week and has begun filing reports, his first with Anton Krasovsky, a Norwegian journalist who was fired last August after he came out as gay on live TV.

Roberts asked the emotional journalist about his motives for coming out and risking his livelihood:

"It's time to be open. I thought that it was my attempt to [reach out to] Russian gay people, to Russian people. To all Russian people. Because it's not about gay rights. It's about human rights."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Anton Krasovsky is a true profile in courage.

    Posted by: Howard | Nov 6, 2013 2:29:52 PM


  2. Well, now we know why Roberts wanted to go to Russia. Good on him for shining a spotlight on this humanitarian issue. Hopefully, all the naysayers will respect his decision to participate as a judge for the pageant.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Nov 6, 2013 2:41:52 PM


  3. I completely disagree with the failure of the U.S. to boycott the Russian Olympics. Money makes the world go round and rip that Olympic money out of Russia and they will crumble. Thomas is there for the publicity and nothing else. He is HOPING to be arrested but he won't be because the political fallout would be too explosive for Russia. To be frank, Thomas disgusts me for his decision to run to Russia and be the "gay" reporter. Totally disgusted.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 6, 2013 2:46:43 PM


  4. i apologize up front for my thoughts, but i can't see how the firing of a media personality, as bad as it may be, rises to the same level as the abuse, beatings, and torture suffered by russian gays at the hands of law enforcement and clergy.

    if mr. roberts is trying to defend his actions (and income) by appearing in russia, he needs to score less self-serving interviews, ones with victims suffering more than a career blow and loss of a tv contract.

    Posted by: northalabama | Nov 6, 2013 2:55:10 PM


  5. Mike Ryan: the queen of hot air.

    Posted by: will | Nov 6, 2013 2:55:40 PM


  6. @northalabama

    The main issue is homophobia, and to a large degree it's singular. The firing of a media personality represents it as well as any other example. More importantly, abuse, beatings and torture are obviously against Russian law and can be easily blamed on a few thugs. Law enforcement, politicians and clergy would certainly condemn the beatings in a passive-aggressive manner, acting like they're totally innocent.

    Posted by: Eugene | Nov 6, 2013 3:12:30 PM


  7. Give him some time. We have no idea what he plans to do next. He just might interview some Gay activists and he just might denounce the horrible law. He might even get arrested while you dizzy bitter queens sit at home in safety and being all judgmental and indignant. Everyone does what they can in their own way. You do what you do self serving or not. Allow that same opportunity to others. Your lofty expectations of others does you no service.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 6, 2013 3:14:49 PM


  8. He's hot. I bet he's got one of those big uncut weiners too

    Posted by: Frank | Nov 6, 2013 3:26:00 PM


  9. This is the real reason Roberts wanted to go....good for him!!!

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 6, 2013 3:46:59 PM


  10. Great! I take back my misgivings about Roberts trip. He IS actually shining a much-needed spotlight on the injustice and horror there. This is only the tip of the iceberg, though. I'm hoping for more.

    Posted by: Geoff | Nov 6, 2013 3:58:32 PM


  11. This will be showing on MSNBC,not Russian tv.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Nov 6, 2013 4:18:00 PM


  12. Will this be broadcast on the MSNBC that has 24 viewers or will it be on NBC the Olympic and Miss Universe hosts? Gee I wonder.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 6, 2013 4:20:58 PM


  13. ANKERICH lmao!!

    How timely after Roberts is vilified that he does damage control with this gem? Please, this guy was fired ages ago and it took him THIS long to interview him? As a news person? Who need to get news/interviews like yesterday to be...relevant?

    Damn, you gays are so gullible and easy. But at least it's good damage control.

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 6, 2013 4:27:33 PM


  14. Thomas Roberts is trying to compensate for his appalling decision to judge the pageant in Russia. He remains a Benedict Arnold.

    Posted by: ASam | Nov 6, 2013 4:43:03 PM


  15. I second that Sargon

    Posted by: Josh | Nov 6, 2013 5:17:42 PM


  16. Asam is just trying to deflect from the fact that he's actually Adam, which I guess Rick misspelled in the rush to type in one of his aliases. It happens. But at least you made it obvious elsewhere on this site that you're just a troll.

    Posted by: Tyler | Nov 6, 2013 5:53:47 PM


  17. I wish there was a way to bring Anton Krasovsky to the attention of Kordell Stewart so that he could see what a 100% real man is.

    Posted by: bicuriousus | Nov 6, 2013 5:57:38 PM


  18. Hey, look! It's Mike!

    So glad you could pull yourself away from sucking on Rupert Murdoch's dusty, old tube steak for two seconds to join us.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 6, 2013 6:20:09 PM


  19. He didn't need to go to Russia to interview Krasovsky. Krasovsky was in New York a week or two ago as the best man at the wedding of another Russian TV personality, Oleg Dusaev, who came out and got fired as well.

    Did nobody cover that in NYC? Two Russian men getting married... Should have been on the news.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 7, 2013 5:12:47 AM


  20. Mike Ryan, did you read this or watch the video? I seriously doubt it. The worst thing we could do to the GLBT people of Russia and their supporters right now is isolate them.

    And KEVINVT--kind of missing the point. The story isn't just about Krasovsky--it's about what's happening to GLBT people in Russia.

    Posted by: db | Nov 7, 2013 11:25:07 AM


  21. Thank you Roberts for sharing Krasovsky's voice with more of the world. His conviction and emotion remind me of life here not all that long ago, Coming Out still very much a risk. Being in Russia, working in Russia even for a week, ten days, is not without unusual challenges. Looking forward to you finding more opportunities to share real people with us, your sideline assignment!

    Posted by: RexT | Nov 7, 2013 12:39:29 PM


  22. Nit: Why does Thomas Roberts continue to say Ta'boo instead of Tuhboo'?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Nov 10, 2013 12:55:54 PM


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