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NBC's Harry Smith Sits Down with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano to Talk about Gay Rights, Russia: VIDEO


'Meet the Press' correspondent Harry Smith sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen and figure skater Brian Boitano to talk about Russia, its anti-gay laws, and the Olympics.

Cohen commented on his decision to turn down a hosting gig at the Miss Universe pageant late last year:

"It seemed very disingenuous of me to go to Russia and do a travelogue about what a great time the pageant queens had in Moscow - what a wonderful city - when I could be stoned in a square for throwing out a gay flag."

Boitano is putting a lot of faith in the International Olympic Committee given the way it blew off concerns this year from LGBT activists and groups concerned about the anti-gay law.

Said Boitano:

"I truly believe the IOC will never again choose a country to have the Olympics in that doesn't have a good human rights record, or a country that is not tolerant."



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  1. blah blah

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 16, 2014 11:13:32 AM

  2. Andy's right, Boitano and his bad rug are wrong. Your neighbor is beating up, maiming, harassing, bullying, and even killing his gay children but you're invited to his backyard BBQ. Do you go? Andy: No and you make it clear why you won't go. Boitano: Yes, because how can you pass up those delicious baby back ribs? And besides, you're gay and that should tell the basta*d that its okay to be gay.

    Hogwash. We should have boycotted and sent no one to Sochi. BTW, I understand from news media reports that we lost our speed skating titles because the racing suits provided failed them. WTF?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 16, 2014 11:26:01 AM

  3. What Boitano is really looking for is to get hired by the IOC to be their gay's always about money...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 16, 2014 11:28:36 AM

  4. Boitano, you're a coward and I have no respect for you at all.

    Posted by: FAEN | Feb 16, 2014 11:45:47 AM

  5. I hate when people on this site say, Oh who cares what Dan Savage/Andrew Sullivan/Quentin Crisp (or whoever) say, they don't represent me or the gay community.

    Yet I can just as readily say that Cohen and Boitano REALLY don't represent me in any way at all. Did Meet the Press did throw out a bunch of "you'll be on TV!" gay confetti and see who snapped it up in time for the broadcast?

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 16, 2014 11:53:39 AM

  6. Mr. Boitano's faith in the IOC doing the right thing when it comes to honoring and respecting the dignity and rights of all people shows a naivete that is shocking. It is all about the money.... always has been and always will be.
    The IOC will never do the right thing if it conflicts with the ability to make money.
    It is a corrupt organization.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 16, 2014 12:10:15 PM

  7. There are three corrupt sports organizations in this world: FIFA, the NCAA and the IOC. It's a toss-up as to which is more corrupt but I'd place my money on the IOC.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 16, 2014 12:20:10 PM

  8. The IOC is 50-100 years behind the times...and greedy/evil. Boitano's in it solely for the money. I have pure contempt for him.

    Posted by: Geoff | Feb 16, 2014 12:30:09 PM

  9. The IOC? We cannot even get our own USFSA to be respectful of gays in the sport. I smell self-hating closeted conservatives.SMH I have no faith in the IOC.

    Posted by: Critifur | Feb 16, 2014 12:54:40 PM

  10. @Paul R. - I'm guessing Cohen was asked to do this interview, because his talk show on Bravo and "Meet the Press" on NBC are both owned and produced by NBC Universal.

    Posted by: Fox | Feb 16, 2014 1:09:39 PM

  11. I'm sorry, but the IOC is a congolomeration of business men and a cartel in it's own right. They're all about "show me the money!" As has been noted by all their speeches and comments, they really don't care about people, they care about their brand and how to capitalize on it. They're no longer prestigious, they are disgusting and Boitano is(as someone noted above)not really of Olympic stature--but a coward. He had a talent, but he doesn't have integrity.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 16, 2014 1:43:18 PM

  12. Boitano and the rest of you here don't GET it.

    The IOC is doing the whole world a favor by having the Olympics in these places, it makes public what's going on in those places like nothing else can.

    I have more respect for Boitano than most of you here. He's actually DOING something. The rest of you with your stupid opinions and criticisms, you don't ever do a thing that makes any difference at all. You sit on your fat butts and criticize. It's all you do. You leave the work to someone else. Always.

    Posted by: Buckie | Feb 16, 2014 2:37:25 PM

  13. Anonymous weasels here call Boitano a coward...

    The irony.

    Posted by: FAEN | Feb 16, 2014 2:38:53 PM

  14. The IOC loves going to corrupt backwards countries to host the Olympics. I don't see them having any incentive to change.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 16, 2014 5:07:38 PM

  15. The biggest bribes come form the backward countries that's why....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 16, 2014 5:26:18 PM


    Posted by: StudioTodd | Feb 16, 2014 6:52:04 PM

  17. Well said Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano. In that one TV interview they have done more to advance the cause of LGBT equality than the constantly negative people like MIKE RYAN, ANON and ANKERICH will do in their entire lives. People with a negative and or hateful mind set just can't deal with positive people. Negativity is the very air they breathe. It is interest that these three ranters also posted that Billie Jean King just used her mother's declining health as an excuse for not attending the Opening Ceremonies. None of the three has had the decency to sincerely apologize to BJK, a gay national treasure.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 16, 2014 7:48:46 PM

  18. Everyone knew Brian Boitano was gay even Obama in choosing him to represent the US. He came out officially finally because of that. So he's a guy very into appearances, although that hairpiece isn't quite working Brian. He has a rosy view of the corporatist IOC and the Olympics. OK, that's who he is. Andy Cohen did fine.

    Maybe some people saw this who were influenced a bit in their acceptance of gay people. So, OK.

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 17, 2014 2:36:39 AM

  19. @other FAEN-but he IS a coward. He hid in the closet when coming out could have made a difference. He stayed silent while his brother Mark Boitano(R) from NM voted against marriage equality. I wouldn't call that role model behavior would you? No, just cowardice.

    Posted by: FAEN | Feb 17, 2014 10:56:04 AM

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