On Friday, Thomas Roberts, pinch-hitting, became the first openly gay man to anchor the evening baby blues—I mean, news.
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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.
Thomas Roberts scolds gay people who object to his taking on the hosting duties of Miss Universe, saying we are supposed to "have a little more faith in me."
As I've said before, his employer is the same network that has a huge financial stake in Olympics coverage and is airing Miss Universe, so any faith I had in his ability to judge the optics is out the window.
It remains to be seen what he does once on the show, but his defensive remarks aren't winning at least one critic over.
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Thomas Roberts has done a lot of good for the gay community, both by speaking candidly of his molestation as a teenager and by being an out anchor on MSNBC, where he routinely asks hard questions, often regarding LGBT issues.
That's why his decision to not only host Donald Trump's Miss Universe in Russia, but to "aggressively pursue" the position, is bewildering and disappointing. And in spite of the fact that he's done great stuff, I believe his decision and his explanations for going deserve sharp criticism.
Roberts's initial explanation pre-emptively attacked anyone who might disagree with his action, or who might have a difference of opinion as to how best to deal with Russia on LGBT rights:
"Courage is contagious. I have felt that way since coming out publicly in 2006. I’ve never regretted it.
"This November, I will co-host Miss Universe in Moscow partly because it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.
"I am not a special case. I am a good person, good spouse, good child, good sibling, good friend and hard worker. That is me. I am just like millions of LGBT people around the world. We are good, regular, hard-working people who come from solid families. So when I heard there was a chance at this assignment I aggressively went after it. Lo and behold the Miss Universe team, NBC Entertainment & the Trump team agreed and offered it to me.
"Over the last several months Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved new homophobic laws for his country. Yes, laws that criminalize and stigmatize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in Russia.
"These actions attracted worldwide news coverage with some critics labeling it: Russia’s dark chapter in the history of gay rights. World leaders have expressed their contempt for these discriminatory laws with President Barack Obama declaring that 'nobody’s more offended than me.'
"In August, the Miss Universe Organization issued its own statement that Russian laws are 'diametrically opposed to the core values' of Miss Universe.
"I too am diametrically opposed to these laws and share in the president’s outrage. I am unafraid to say I am proud of my husband and my family—I’m proud of their love for me. I’m proud of the incredible steps forward equality has taken this year.
"I’m proud of our nation, which still aspires to live up to the promise of its founding fathers. I am unafraid to tell you how traditional my husband and I are. After 13 years, we continue to foster and grow our life together, with highs and lows, the folly and the fights. The same things many long term couples experience. Simple things: Trash night, dog walks, the remote control. Tough things: Homophobia, job loss, death.
"You can’t get more traditional than that and, above all, we love each other.
"So people may wonder: 'Thomas, how can you accept this assignment? Shouldn’t you boycott Russia?' I am not going to boycott. Boycotting and vilifying from the outside is too easy. Rather, 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.
"All kids—Russian, American or otherwise—need hope. I am a happy, healthy, gainfully employed, educated and married man. And yes, I am gay. These new Russian laws won’t stop Russians from being born LGBT and growing up to identify as such. Russia’s treatment of its LGBT citizens is unacceptable, unrealistic and only promotes homophobia and intolerance for a community that does and will continue to exist.
"It vaguely resembles ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As a country we recently pitched DADT into the dust bin of American history. We are too smart for that now.
"But we still have elected U.S. leaders rallying against marriage equality and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. History teaches us these political approaches hurt good kids and people everywhere—those who need hope, guidance, education, safe space and YES, LGBT role models.
"We do them no favors by turning away now. We must be visible, we must show up, and, as Harvey Milk said, we must 'give them hope.'
"I go to prove there’s hope."
There is so much wrong here, one almost doesn't know where to begin, but something that is crystal clear is that Thomas Roberts is no deep thinker, and he is terribly invested in presenting himself as NORMAL.