Much like Thomas Roberts‘ decision to host Miss Universe, his red carpet interview where he spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay law has been met with mixed reactions. Some have commended the openly-gay NBC corespondent for his condemnation, while others feel he pussied out for not taking a harder stance. Donald Trump hired Roberts after Andy Cohen declined the job. Check out his words below and decide for yourself.
“I know the law is very vague, and it’s still hard to interpret for many people, but it is discrimination, and that’s definitive,” Roberts said. “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.”
The very fact he even spoke publicly about it on Russian soil is commendable. Technically, I guess he could’ve been arrested for violating the country’s legislation. To boot, he attended the event and posed for pictures with his partner Patrick Abmer who’s pictured above. Watch the red carpet footage below.
Just in case you were wondering, Miss Venezuela won for the umpteenth time. Personally, I was rooting for Miss Spain or Miss Philippines to take it all. For that matter, I’m beyond shocked Miss Israel didn’t even make the Top 16. She took my breath away as Roberts and co-host Mel. B introduced all the delegates. Sound off below on Thomas’ words and which contestants you were rooting for.