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04/19/2007


Colbert's Olympics Reporter Buddy Cole Penetrates Sochi's Gay Underground: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert's Olympics correspondent Buddy Cole (Scott Thompson) penetrated Sochi's gay underground to pay a visit to Mayak, the city's gay nightclub and have a talk with his owner.

After a brief discussion about Putin's non-traditional relationships with animals and his propensity to bare his nipples in public, Buddy Cole decided he might stay awhile, but chose to cover his own nips up.

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If you missed Cole's previous report on the gay extremist threat to Sochi find it here, and don't miss his visit with the U.S. speedskating team.

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What Straight People Think About Gay Rights: VIDEO

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XELLE, the NYC-based pop girl group fronted by JC Cassis and Rony G, hit Times Square in the uniforms they wore in their "Red Flag" anthem against anti-gay oppression to survey the masses about Russia's anti-gay laws and gay rights.

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Formula One's Bernie Ecclestone 'Completely Agrees' with Russia's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO

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Bernie Ecclestone, the President and CEO of Formula One Management, often referred to as 'F1 Supremo' by tabloids, tells CNN that he support Russian President Vladimir Putin and his anti-gay law.

EcclestoneSaid Ecclestone:

"He [Putin] hasn't said he doesn't agree [with homosexuality], just that he doesn't want these things publicised to an audience under the age of 18. I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well. I've great admiration for him and his courage to say what he says. It may upset a few people but that's how the world is. It's how he sees the world and I think he's completely right."

Ecclestone's remarks come in advance of the first Russian Grand Prix, set to take place on the streets of Sochi in October.

Listen to his remarks in a CNN report, AFTER THE JUMP...

LotusIn February, Formula One team Lotus was forced to apologize after publishing a tweet that featured two men kissing with the message: "Ahead of the opening ceremony, we would like to wish all athletes a successful 2014 Olympic Winter Games #Sochi2014"

According to the BBC, "The Lotus F1 tweet upset top management and shareholders of the team, who are owned by the investment group Genii Capital, because it was causing problems for their business."

Formula One has a bit of a poor reputation in this area. It was involved in a lawsuit in 2009 in which it was accused of homophobia and racism by an employee who said he was fired for being gay.

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals it Was His Sochi 'Wolf in the Hall' Hoax: VIDEO

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Jimmy Kimmel enlisted U.S. Olympic luger Kate Hansen for his latest hoax, the Epic #SochiFail 'Wolf in the Hall' report which news organizations around the world eagerly slurped up after Hansen posted it on her Twitter account.

And yes, it was a real wolf.

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Gay Rights Triumph in Ryan James Yezak's Olympic Disco Anthem: VIDEO

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Kylie Minogue's anthem "Your Disco Needs You" is the centerpiece of Ryan James Yezak's latest YouTube opus highlighting the Sochi Olympics and the need for human rights in Russia.

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You may remember Yezak's moving clips previewing his work-in-progress documentary The Gay Rights Movement, here.

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Pussy Riot Releases 'Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland' VIDEO

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On the heels of yesterday's public square whipping by Russian Cossacks, Pussy Riot has released its latest video, "Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland", a rough "Olympics-centric protest song" as Animal reports:

The lyrics condemn the corruption, surveillance and censorship in Sochi, the jailing of anti-Olympics environmental activist Yevgeny Vitishko, the homophobia of Olympic torchbearer and the persecution of May 6 anti-Putin protestors.

It also features footage shot yesterday when Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and others were viciously horsewhipped and beaten by Sochi’s conservative, religious Cossack militia, including video filmed from right under their whips and their injured male art-bandmate wiping the blood from his face on a cop.

The group writes in the video's description:

Freedom to all political prisoners on the May 6 case, to the environmentalist Evgeny Vitishko and all other political prisoners! See you at the Zamoskvoretsky court in Moscow on February 21 at 12.00 - when the judge will start to read the sentence for the May 6 case.

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