The Miss Universe competition may be traveling to Russia, but one if its frequent hosts will not.
Bravo's Andy Cohen told fellow pageant co-host and E! News host Giuliana Rancic that he "didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia."
"Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit," Cohen said. "The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested."
There has been an international backlash since the implementation of a law in Russia last month that bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors."
Cohen, who is an executive at Bravo as well as the host of their "Watch What Happens Live" show and the "Real Housewives" reunions co-hosted the 2011 and 2012 pageants. There is no word yet on who might replace him.
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That's just what the Russians want, less gays. A real man would go and give his BF a handy at Lenin's tomb. That'll show those Reds.
Gays are so gay
ok we got it, you're boycotting, why is this still a headline ?
nobody is going anywhere
let's go for it...hahahaha
Sick and tired of Andy Cohen, and his trashy shows ! just because he is gay that not means we have to like or accept gay! it is our choice too!
You don't have to like or accept anyone. And noone has to like or accept you either. You will be treated how you treat others – like sh!t.
but she still stands as miss universe
Thank you Andy for not only taking care of yourself – but standing up for Human Rights globally. There is a lot of fear in this world (read some of the misguided comments here! lol) but until love rules, those folks will continue to do harm to humanity. You got the right stuff Andy! Again, thank you.
riveting comment dear.
Russia is such a backwards country. Their international image couldn't be further down the toilet, I hope they feel ashamed about their revolting discriminating laws one day.
the image gets higher and higher.....worry about your own image m.a.p.....
Schlurp schlurp warmer Brueder – How could I guess you'd jump to Cohen's defense? Most guys tune in to Miss Universe to see the women. Mighty Angry Person will be fantasizing about Andy!
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Oh hahahaha! Ellen you're just hilarious! And you know as an openly gay person it offends me so much that you make those kind of jokes. It's like, yeah, AND? You are really a pathetic fool!
Here's arecap of your joke – You are gay, that means you like pee pee!
Me: Well done Ellen! Very smart little girl! Too bad your too ugly to ever get on one of those shows though huh? You must be so jealous of those pretty ladies. They have all their teeth!
So my last post before I go on holiday to Thailand is: FCUK YOU AND FCUK RUSSIA!
Andy Cohen don't want to go to Russia because of his safety. Period. It is not because of decency or whether he respects the law of Russia. Good for Andy!
Mister Cohen should be commended for his respect of other cultures. While America continues to spiral down a trajectory of depravity and destruction, not all cultures are similarly debauched. Mister Cohen may exercise his perversions in his own house, but as a guest elsewhere he is proper to exercise some common decency and respect his host. May Russia's effort to preserve some decency succeed.
Maybe you should move to Russia, Peter. Sounds like their 'values' are a perfect match to yours.
@Glenn, I have a better idea. Seen that recent footage of Egypt? That'll be the US one day soon. And on that day you need to hide. Even so, I'm confident it will not go well for you.
Move to Russia If you hate it in the US so much.
You're probably right, @Peter. Christian conservative extremists are no different than Islamic conservative extremists: both are vile, hate-filled and convinced that only their worldview and religion is the right one, and that all must submit or perish. Both of these extremist groups must be eradicated by secularism. The sooner the better.
Indeed ,well said, seems to me we have to accept gays and lesbians to be cool otherwise we are wrong ,! we believe in moral and standards ...something that is gone already here in America!
@maria – it has been "cool" to hate gays for a long time. This is not about fashion or trends, it's about equality. Not everyone is exactly like you, maria. For that we can be thankful-
You know who's repulsive? Teabillies are repulsive. Nascar lovers, conservatives, evangelicals. Also repulsive. Chick-fil-A is repulsive along with all the toothless cretins that eat and work there. Then there's traiIer trash like Sarah Palin. Equally repulsive. I could go on forever.
Also repulsive: Holier-than-though pseudointellectuals who assume because others don't share their beliefs, they are somehow superior...let's see..drive a Prius? Drink Starbucks? Talk nice to the one black/brown/LGBTQ person you know and pat yourself on the back for being so open minded? Or are you simply a self-loathing cretin who feels the need to judge an entire group of people because they watch a particular sport or eat at a particular restaurant? You are no better than those you are judging, especially if you are gay.
You're talking about equality as if it's an accessory. Gays have been persecuted for a long time, we've fought hard and died for equality. You should show some damn respect and get over yourself – you're not god.
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