US reporter protests Russia’s anti-gay laws on Russian TV
A US reporter slated to appear on Russia Today to discuss the wiki leaks whistleblower Bradley Manning’s verdict, used his two minutes of fame to protest Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws.
Wearing rainbow braces and sporting a rapid fire delivery, the reporter James Kirchick, began his speech by invoking Harvey Fierstein and saying being silent in the face of evil is something we cannot do.
He went on tell the visibly agitated anchors of the state run TV show, Russia’s LGBTI community has allies, and the world is horrified by Vladimir Putin’s actions.
"So you know, being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law, that was passed unanimously by the Russian Duma, that effectively makes it illegal to talk about homosexuality in public. We've seen a spate of violent attacks on gay people in Russia."
Asked again for his comments on Bradley Manning (the purpose of his appearance on the segment) Kirchick replied: "I'm not really interested in talking about Bradley Manning.
“I'm interested in talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in Russia right now. And to let Russian gay people know that they have friends and allies, and solidarity, from people all over the world. And we're not going to be silenced in the face of this horrific repression that is perpetrated by your paymasters, by Vladimir Putin.
"And I don't know how, as a journalist, you can go to sleep at night. How you can call yourself a journalist. And how you can go to sleep at night. I find that abominable. You should be ashamed of yourself. Everyone who works for this network should be ashamed of themselves," Kirchick said.
After attempting again to get Kirchick to report on the Manning verdict the segment was cut short.
Watch the segment below