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David Letterman Had Hoped for Mass Sochi Boycotts Over Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow joined David Letterman last night to discuss the Christie scandal and the Sochi Olympics. Letterman asked Rachel about the anti-gay laws and  what should be done.

Said Letterman:

"I was hoping that everybody would pull out and everybody would say 'This is not right. This is medieval times. We're not going.' ... Vladimir Putin said they would not be targeted. Which to me was like, 'Oh.....thanks'."

Rachel and Dave also take a look at Putin's vast collection of shirtless photos.


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  1. i used to think letterman was relatively smart even if i couldn't stand him. he's apparently on his last brain cell.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jan 24, 2014 9:30:11 AM

  2. So someone with significant influence is on your side, but your first inclination is to insult them?

    Welcome to Trollroad!

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 24, 2014 9:41:48 AM

  3. ...like the US pulled-out of the 1980 Moscow Olympics because they had just invaded Afghani... ooops, never mind.

    Posted by: Pot Kettle Black | Jan 24, 2014 10:00:01 AM

  4. @BANDANAJACK hes always been a smart man even though he made his fair share of mistakes hes never been against us. By insulting someone who actually does care and support us as human beings you come off looking like an ungrateful hypocrite im afraid.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 24, 2014 10:12:09 AM

  5. Pot Kettle Black, exactly.

    I wouldn't be as harsh as Jack, but how naive is Letterman? Dave, here's some shocking news for your New York liberal/liberal-ish self: there's plenty of countries in this world who *agree* with Russia. Sochi is going to happen, NBC and its corporate sponsors aren't going to let a tiny band --let's be real, this is not a big issue for most of the country-- of protesters derail it.

    If people want to protest the Rio 2016 Summer Games because of whatever issues, they need to start NOW.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 24, 2014 10:32:37 AM

  6. I guess the message here is if a guy takes off his shirt and goes bare chested it's a sign that he's probably gay.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 24, 2014 11:18:04 AM

  7. All the gay jokes he used to crack might be part of the problem....He's done...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 24, 2014 11:52:48 AM

  8. I like David Letterman. I don't agree with him that boycott is the right approach.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 24, 2014 2:21:46 PM

  9. Love Dave.

    Posted by: reality | Jan 24, 2014 3:48:13 PM

  10. BANDANA JACK = paid conservative troll. Ignore him.

    Posted by: EYE ROLL | Jan 24, 2014 5:42:13 PM

  11. Intelligent and knowledgable interview from Dave. He could have screwed around and made everything funny but only put one oddly clever joke in the middle.

    About the Sochi Olympics: Coke for example is not flogging their identity with these Olympics nearly as much as you would think at this point. Hardly at all actually. Everything is still all about polar bears. Their PR department and advertising agency etc. were not behind the door when the brains were passed out. They weren't of course necessarily counting on what is happening - gay stuff and terrorist stuff - but they are as aware of it as anyone else now.

    They will get going when the Olympics start and millions are actually watching TV and their mindset is all about whatever Olympic sport they are watching and cheering for their country, not about what's going on in Russia otherwise.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jan 24, 2014 11:04:41 PM

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