Chris Pine Thinks U.S. Should Do More to Fight Russia's ‘Awful’ Lack of Gay Rights

Chris Pine Thinks U.S. Should Do More to Fight Russia's 'Awful' Lack of Gay Rights

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“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” star says

Chris Pine is taking on a Russian terrorist in theaters this weekend in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” but he wishes the United States would take on Russia for its “awful” treatment of gays.

“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the 33-year-old actor told the Associated Press while promoting the thriller based on Tom Clancy's classic character. ”What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”

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President Vladimir Putin signed a law into effect in 2013 prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” The bill criminalizes public expression of support for nontraditional relationships.

In wake of the anti-gay legislation, the U.S. is sending openly gay former Olympic athletes Brian Boitano, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, which kick off on Feb. 7.

Pine is the latest celebrity to speak out against Russia's treatment of its homosexual population.

Famed journalist Meredith Vieira said Putin's policy has made her think twice about attending the upcoming Olympics.

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“I have sort of mixed feelings given all the stuff that’s going on in Russia with Putin and the anti-gay legislation,” she told Jay Leno last month before concluding she decided the event is ultimately about the athletes, not their host's laws.

“But I really hope that people demonstrate there,” Vieira added. “I’m hoping that at least people wear the ribbons — and I think they will.”

  • Josh Peale

    I do not agree with Chris Pine on this matter. Sure, its a weird and discriminating law, but it's what that government decided to do. We do not need to have a fit over this, or even stick it to them. They are not apart of our nation!

    Now, if gay rights activists want to go over there to protest, that's okay. They are defending there own minority. The US as a whole is not pro gay. Doing anything will just show us as rude, untolerant, and judging people.

    Forcing your beliefs on anybody, and critizing someone for what they believe is wrong.

    • Eric S. Macy

      What a hypocrite, “criticizing someone for what they believe is wrong”

      That's exactly what you are doing with your comment, and you have every right to do that. Obviously forcing your beliefs on somebody is wrong, but that is exactly what the Russian government is doing, it is forcing the belief that homosexuality is wrong on its population. How is believing that homosexuals deserve the same rights as everyone else rude, intolerant, or judging? It is the opposite of those things.

  • Aaron James

    I don't believe we would welcome or accept Russia's input on our laws or policies, we need to stay out of their laws and policies. It's none of our business and the US has no place to tell Russia what to do just as Russia has no place telling us what to do.

    • Theadore K Mullins

      agree 100%

    • Eric S. Macy

      That's incredibly small minded. We are all human beings, the division between nations is an arbitrary one. We need to stand up for human rights regardless of what country people are in. Discrimination is wrong no matter where it happens.

  • Brad Smith

    Chis Pine should lead a gay charge on the Kremlin. Uncle Vladimir will know what to do with them!!!

  • Jim

    Chris Pine Thinks U.S. Should Do More to Fight Russia’s ‘Awful’ Lack of Gay Rights

    And the US Government should force Paramount and CBS Studios to pay royalties in reruns and commercial sales (i.e.: DVD, blu ray and downloads) to ALL castmembers of every “Star Trek” TV series. Agreed?

    • Eric S. Macy

      I'm not sure what that has to do with equal rights, but I do agree that not just the castmembers but everyone involved in the production of a tv series is entitled to a portion of the royalties.

  • randallross822

    Thank You, Chris Pine, for standing up for equal rights! Russia has gone backwards with Putin in power in many areas and it's high time the world came into the 21st century and got rid of archaic and discriminatory laws against human rights. It's absolutely revolting, grotesque and ridiculous what Russia, Uganda, and many nations are doing against LGBT people. Just as during Nazi Germany nations spoke out against Hitler's treatment of Jews and gay people, we need to speak out now before it gets worse and tell them it's not ok to treat human beings less than others because of their sexual orientation. Hello Republicans?

  • BlueVibe

    So, why doesn't he move to Russia and do something about it firsthand?

    Look, while I'm not happy about lack of rights in Russia, either, the US can't win. We're either all up in everybody's noses all the time, or we're expected to fix everything that's wrong with them. If he wants Russia's policies changed, he can go there and work on it himself instead of being an armchair activist from the safety of Hollywood.