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Chris Pine: U.S. Not Doing Enough to Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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Chris Pine, who is promoting a new film about a terror attack in the U.S. that originates in Russia, criticized the anti-gay law there and the U.S. response to it, in a recent interview, the AP reports:

Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

"I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there," the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." ''What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful."

Obama announced last month that out athletes Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow would be in the official delegation to the Sochi Games.

Watch the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What makes me laugh is that people like him never come up with concrete, real world proposals. Boycott and not go? Not viable, too late for that, plus boycotts usually fail. Protest? That's not going to change anything, Russia can ignore them. Invade? Hahahaha, please.

    Sorry, this is a Russian problem that Russians have to solve.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 15, 2014 10:25:28 AM


  2. Heré's what SHOULD have been done.

    Let the athletes attend but do not send a government delegation.

    A clear statement prior to the Games by the USOC condemning Russian fascism and condemnation of the useless and corrupt IOC.

    A pledge of support by USOC for any US medal winner who wished to make public protest.

    A threat of trade sanctions against Russia unless they reversed their fascist laws.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 15, 2014 10:43:05 AM


  3. None of that has happened so the most effective thing to do is to not watch the Games and not purchase products made by the sponsors - that is merely collaborating with fascism.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 15, 2014 10:43:59 AM


  4. Just boycott the products, not the athletes....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 15, 2014 10:45:18 AM


  5. I don't know that Chris Pine is a political problem solver, but I think it's great he added his voice to Ian McKellen's and several European scientists. Chris Pine undoubtedly has people who look up to him and his voice will help to inspire them. So, all in all, good for him. Some people have ideas like @MaryM and some people inspire others like Chris Pine.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 15, 2014 11:16:35 AM


  6. What I've learned from MARYM so far today is that I should drink Pepsi and hate trans people. No thanks, I'll have Chris Pine instead please.

    Posted by: ger | Jan 15, 2014 11:19:21 AM


  7. @Henry - you said it all in the first sentence, "What makes me laugh is that people like him never come up with concrete, real world proposals." It's as bad and vague as 'We should have World Peace'.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 15, 2014 11:41:17 AM


  8. By adding the trailer for his movie to this post, it makes it look like one big movie advertisement. The gay stuff was just to lure us into the ad.

    Posted by: Ken | Jan 15, 2014 11:44:52 AM


  9. Chris Pine HAD to speak up. His friend and Star Trek co-star Zachary Qunito, is gay. If he didn't it would be like Kirk slapping Spock across the face.

    Posted by: Edd | Jan 15, 2014 11:46:52 AM


  10. Whatever Ken.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2014 12:14:14 PM


  11. I will be watching the games and cheering for American Athletes. I must admit that I will be hoping some LGBT Americans win medals.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 15, 2014 12:56:49 PM


  12. It's wonderful that Chris is speaking out. Some of the more negative among us will say he's using a political situation or social issue to draw attention to his movie. I see it as him using his work, his popularity, and the general interest in his movie to draw attention to a cause on which he has a strong opinion. As he isn't a politician nor an activist, I don't think it's his responsibility to come up with solutions.

    Adding his voice to those opposed to Russia's anti-gay policies is good for us. I doubt it will help his career... and perhaps we're seeing progress that standing up like this isn't expected to hurt his career.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 15, 2014 1:04:41 PM


  13. Thank you, Chris.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 15, 2014 1:45:50 PM


  14. openly criticizing, esp as a celebrity, is useful in raising awareness. what power does chris pine have to do more about it?

    Posted by: jaker | Jan 15, 2014 3:06:21 PM


  15. "As he isn't a politician nor an activist, I don't think it's his responsibility to come up with solutions."

    It is his responsibility when you are criticizing others for not doing enough. What’s enough?

    Additionally, it is not being negative to point out that he [may] be using the statement to draw attention to his movie. Sochi has been a hot-button issue for months.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 15, 2014 3:32:25 PM


  16. "It is his responsibility when you are criticizing others for not doing enough. What’s enough?"

    Since we as a country are doing practically nothing that would impact Russia or the businesses profiting from the Olympics, I think it's fair to assert that we're not doing enough without qualifying additional steps. The point can be made that ANYTHING with an actual effect would be "more" than what's currently being done.

    By speaking out as an individual and private citizen, Chris is certainly doing more than nothing. And I think you would have a hard time proving that speaking on the issue will get his movie any measurable attention that it will already get based on his popularity as an actor and his previous work.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 15, 2014 3:49:37 PM


  17. Oh dear god Balthazar and Ken. He is promoting the movie regardless. He is doing press junkets regardless. And as such, he has the attention of the press right now so why not use that soap box to say how he feels? Why do people, bitter people like yourselves, automatically assume he has ulterior motives? You don't think these journalists were going to ask him about this (probable already asked him) seeing as the movie had a Russian backdrop? Duh! Take a chill pill already.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2014 3:56:44 PM


  18. "...I think it's fair to assert that we're not doing enough without qualifying additional steps."

    If you don't qualify what is "enough" then explain to me how anyone would ever know when they reached a point of "enough" in your [Chris'] eyes. Additionally, I think it can be reasonably argued that the US government has done more than "nothing".

    Further, I never said he was using the statement to promote his movie. I said, "it is not being negative to point out that he [may] be using the statement to draw attention to his movie."

    @Betty - I never "punch down" so there isn't a further need to address you.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 15, 2014 4:41:21 PM


  19. "Further, I never said he was using the statement to promote his movie. I said, "it is not being negative to point out that he [may] be using the statement to draw attention to his movie."

    Yes, you did. You just said it wasn't negative to point it out but you still pointed it out. Nice try. Get over yourself.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2014 4:59:02 PM


  20. It is not being negative to say Belthazar MAY be bitter and a horse's a*s. But, I didn't say it!!!

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 15, 2014 5:04:56 PM


  21. Thank you Chris for your support, we all should appreciate any support we get from allies. All open opinions make a difference. And for that we thank you!

    Posted by: Bruce Hackel | Jan 15, 2014 9:07:34 PM


  22. Every demonstration and boycott and famous person saying something is a good thing. It all adds up. For one thing it devalues the commercial propaganda value of products associating themselves with these Olympics. And Russians and the Russian government are not doubt noticing. It's a corrupt oligarchy with a reactionary church and a lot of ignorant people, but it's not North Korea.

    It would be rude to the athletes - like saying you're on your own guys, we don't care, and way too much of a counterproductive blatant slap in the face of Russia to not send a delegation. Gay rights in Russia is not the only thing going on between the US and Russia.

    I do hope some stuff happens in Sochi off the field, and some clever things at the games itself, in support of gay rights. It's up to the athletes and people attending the Olympics to figure out what are the right things to do.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jan 15, 2014 10:30:34 PM


  23. Goddamn, you are all a bunch of over-analytical negative Nancies. Must you all always do the beyond tired nitpicking of everything positive? It's like you feed off negativity...

    Can't someone do or say something nice about gay people and it not absolutely have to have an alterior motive or simply not be enough? Would you have preferred he said nothing?

    Posted by: WOLF | Jan 15, 2014 11:27:51 PM


  24. Thanks Chris, You continue to be a reasonable voice, good human, and supportive friend.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Jan 25, 2014 6:20:57 AM


  25. towlroad is full of negative bitchy queens period.

    Posted by: mass prince | Jan 27, 2014 11:20:34 PM


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