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Miss Universe pageant rejects call to move competition out of Russia

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NEW YORK — The Miss Universe pageant has responded to a Change.org petition calling for this year’s pageant to be moved from Russia because of that country’s recently enacted anti-gay “propaganda law.

Miss USA Olivia Culpo is the reigning Miss Universe, crowned in 2012.

The 2013 Miss Universe competition is scheduled to held on Nov. 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

The organization said in a statement that, while the law violates the pageant’s core values, they hope the competition will foster a common understanding and appreciation of the rights of all individuals:

The Miss Universe Organization believes in equality for all individuals and is deeply concerned by the laws recently enacted in Russia and currently in place in several other countries.

Both the law, as well as the violence experienced by the LGBT community in Russia, are diametrically opposed to the core values of our company. Our organization has always embodied a spirit of inclusion and is a celebration of people from all countries and walks of life.

It is our hope this year’s Miss Universe contest in Moscow will help foster a common understanding and appreciation of the rights of all individuals, regardless of their nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

In our sixty year history we have witnessed, and been a party to, many social changes including those within the LGBT community. It has been our experience that the Miss Universe pageant provides a forum through which contestants from more than 90 countries, as well as their families and friends, forge bonds with citizens of a host country, helping to serve as a catalyst for social change.

The organization said that safety of its contestants, staff and crew was its primary concern and that it is working with our Russian hosts to ensure the security and well-being of those traveling to Russia for the pageant.

Last week, Bravo’s Andy Cohen said he had turned down an offer to host the pageant because he does not feel safe traveling to Russia.

Cohen, who has hosted the pageant for the past two years and is openly gay, said Russia’s “discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.”

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42 more reader comments:

  1. When did we decide that EVERYTHING was happening in Russia? The olympics, FIFA, now this?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:56am
  2. Yea why´s everything in Russia? HELLO we can do that stuff in the USA

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:58am
  3. You can´t expect anything to be going in that head…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:58am
  4. of course Donald Trump supports Putin that gay bashing pig OWNS Miss Universe

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:01am
  5. Well I guess if their are any “gay” athletes – I hope they wont be going to Russia – they wont win and they might get jailed or killed…and if there are “gay” spectators there, they probably will be killed too.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:09am
  6. cool i will NOT watch

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:11am
  7. Trump could care less about the whole thing as long as he´s making money.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:15am
  8. I thought it was gay owned . I guess some a hole does.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:26am
  9. What country does she support? Ignoramastan?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:50am
  10. Ooops! There will be lots of girls without their hairdressers, designer/stylists and pageant coaches!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:50am
  11. After her statement she immediately went home and cooked her husband dinner, ran him a bath and hoped to god she wouldn´t be abused.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:51am
  12. isn´t this owned by the Pig I mean the Donald? hes digusting

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:51am
  13. MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT is owned by gay bashing pig Donald J. Trump so of course he supports #PutinPogroms

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:00am
  14. Did you expect Trump to change from asswipe to human?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:07am
  15. TL;DR: “We´re totally opposed to the super mean stuff that Russia is doing, but we´re going to keep doing what we´re doing while saying that it´s in the name of fostering a sense of understanding, also while pretending that it´s not just because it would make more work for us.”

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:13am
  16. SMH…..Sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:17am
  17. Boycott!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:24am
  18. Trump is a homophobic bigot anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:24am
  19. The World needs to go to Russia to show our protest to their homophobic laws.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:02am
  20. I am glad it will not be held in Russia, they will lose a lot of money. It is a start! And I am glad Trump changed it.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:15am
  21. Sad and we know where the Pageant stands when it comes to human rights for the LGBTQ …. Appalling and opening yet another door to Hatred and Bullying!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:45am
  22. Debbie^ Dear, it IS being held in Russia. Same as the Winter Olympics.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:57am
  23. Contestants then should boycott.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:00am
  24. Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:02am
  25. Don´t watch it and boycott the sponsors!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7:55am
  26. wow and your biggest viewing group are gay men , you just lost a lot of support

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8:24am
  27. Of course! Trump owns the pageant and he is not a gay rights advocate.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:35am
  28. because Trump is anti-gay.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:22am
  29. I see no true beauty in this pageant.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:53am
  30. as long as they have huge bags of cash shoved up their asses, They wont even think twice before killing gays in uganda.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:25am
  31. so…we dont watch it.. or buy any of the crap that chooses to advertise on the show

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:31pm
  32. Don´t watch the show!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:19pm
  33. Of course it does because Donald Trump is an IDIOT!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1:49pm
  34. Don´t watch the broadcast.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:02pm
  35. It amazes me how many people/organizations are okay with hate & violence.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:08pm
  36. What is sad is that if Russia had mad an anti black law everyone would pull out. But it is just us gay people so no big deal. So sick of the double standards and feeling like a lower class human.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:19pm
  37. How lame. BS. Hate is not ok so no support for this and any company that sponsors the pageant.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:35pm
  38. Boo.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:58pm
  39. They do realize most of their audience is gay men? Well, if everyone doesn´t watch, a lesson might be learned. As LGBTQ and allies, we need to band together to ensure success. I won´t watch or read anything related to the pageant or the olympics for that matter, once they have begun.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:32pm
  40. because no one cares if women are lesbians or bi

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:35pm
  41. ok but remember this folks, so when they come looking for us, remind them, its the doom of us all that we so quickly forgive and forget this stuff. Hold them responsable. Make them pay by not supporting them, hit them where it hurts, change the chanel when its on.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:32pm
  42. Move the pagent or not, we all still have the option to boycot and just not watch – like we really want to anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 5:30pm