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.”
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.”