While last night's Miss Universe telecast did not, unfortunately, provide an opportunity for host Thomas Roberts to make any kind of statement about Russia's anti-gay laws from the stage, he did take a moment to do so on the red carpet.
Said Roberts to Russian state-run network RT:
“I know the law is very vague and still hard to interpret for many people. But it is discrimination and that’s definitive. And I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere should be marginalized to that degree. We are not asking for special protection. We’re just asking for equal respect."
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Roberts made headlines in mid-October by deciding to host the event. LGBT advocates were troubled that Roberts would choose to lead the pageant in light of the country's anti-gay laws, and because of the conservative views of the pageant's owner Donald Trump, who opposes gay marriage, among other things.
Said Roberts at the time: "I choose to offer my support of the LGBT community in Russia by going to Moscow and hosting this event as a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay. Let people see I am no different than anyone else."
Earlier this week, Roberts filed an interview with a Russian journalist who was fired after coming out of the closet on the air in August.