UPDATE: Roberts made a rather passive statement on gay rights on the red carpet in Russia, which are unlikely to travel much within Russia (let alone elsewhere). In his comments, he started by saying he thinks the Russian anti-gay law is "vague," then said it's still discriminatory. Starting by ceding that it's "vague" provides cover for Russia. He at this point can be said not only to have done NOTHING to help, but also to have done a lot to hurt gay rights: He worked for anti-gay Trump; he worked on a production whose goal, in part, was to make Russia look fabulous; and in so doing he provided cover for his employer and others when it comes to the Olympics being held in Russia. And oh, yeah, his comments about having a "successful" personal life didn't really matter since his husband was not on the carpet and NO mention of Roberts being gay was made on the show. In fact, the show, which never fails to incorporate of-the-moment controversial question in its Q&A section, didn't include any questions about Russia's anti-gay laws. Roberts totally blew this. He is far too self-involved to be trusted on this issue. Shameful.
Thomas Roberts and Mel B have just walked out on the Miss Universe stage in Moscow. Within the next 90 minutes or so, we'll find out if Roberts has any pro-gay tricks up his sleeve or if he truly believes that simply by being there, being pretty, and having "successful" personal and professional lives, that'll really show 'em that gay is A-okay.
Would Mel B host a pageant in a country with laws against black people? Would correspondent Jeannie Mai work for a pageant in a country with anti-Asian laws? Would either of them happily travel to Saudi Arabia and observe all anti-female laws, all in the name of a job? Fair questions, I think.
Other stars involved with the show who seem not to be getting any flak: Panic! At the Disco and Steven Tyler.
Look for the Q&A portion of the show to for sure include gay content, one way or another.
Donald Trump is laughing all the way to the bank, and will make lots of fresh money to use in his blowhard, anti-gay agenda.