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Chris Pine criticizes U.S. response to Russia’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Actor Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation, which he calls “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense.”

Jordan Strauss, Invision (AP)Chris Pine

Jordan Strauss, Invision (AP)
Chris Pine

“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” ”What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”

Pine’s character tries to thwart a terror attack on the U.S. that originates in Russia and takes on a powerful Russian tech magnate in his new movie, opening Friday. It’s based on the late author Tom Clancy’s work but doesn’t revolve around the plot of any single book.

The Ryan character, portrayed in previous films by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, was originally a CIA operative working during the Cold War. The new Ryan faces a different landscape.

“It’s not like the Bay of Pigs where nuclear war is going to start at the drop of a hat. At least it’s not there,” Pine said of current U.S.-Russia relations.

The Russian law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin last year. Originally titled the law on “homosexual propaganda,” the bill criminalizes public expression of support for nontraditional relationships.

The U.S. is sending openly gay former Olympic athletes Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, which start Feb. 7.

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  1. I like to imagine him saying that as Captain Kirk.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:43pm
  2. He is absolutely right, and, he is so hot!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:44pm
  3. i think putin is a closet homosexual!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:44pm
  4. it's sad that hes afraid of his own kind

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:03pm
  5. I have always thought this, too, Donna Lea..

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:13pm
  6. of course putin is a self loathing drama queen.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  7. so is the Nigerian President.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  8. Love you, Chris, but lose the beard. Scruff is one thing and that’s hot but the beard, not.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:44pm
  9. He is right, but neither did any of the other countries.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:45pm
  10. We don’t want them telling us what to do, and we have no right to tell them what to do. You may do so, if you wish, but not our place to tell a country their business. That would be too bigoted. All in good time.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:45pm
  11. Its one thing to interfere with another country. And, its another to let a certain group suffer or suffer from ignorant rules for only them.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:55pm
  12. Agreed. No one should suffer in a perfect world.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:59pm
  13. But that's what you're advocating, by saying that we have no right to tell them what to do. Those who stand by and do nothing while evil happens have at least some blood on their hands, too.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:02pm
  14. Russia is a tough country. I do not consider this evil. Just different choices in lifestyle. They have that right.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:04pm
  15. So if they passed a law stating that they had a right to physically abuse middle-aged blondes, that'd be just "a different choice of lifestyle" too? Evil flourishes best when people remain ambivalent, as opposed to standing for the rights of others. And yes, before anyone says it, that includes standing up to the USA as well.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:23pm
  16. TRUE

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:46pm
  17. THAT THE US IS PARTICPATING IN THESE OLYP0MICS BRINGS TO MIND PARTICIPATION IN THE HOLOCAUST

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:47pm
  18. How, exactly? It's "cute" to toss out such rhetoric, but let's see you expand on that idea. ....this oughta be interesting. :-/

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:29pm
  19. FUCK U

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:58pm
  20. Keep the beard Chris. You look like a young King George V.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:49pm
  21. He is correct, and leave his beard alone. Beards are HOT!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:53pm
  22. Thank you, Chris!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:56pm
  23. That’s great and everything but I don’t care for foreigners to criticize US law and if he cares that much he should go to Russia to protest it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:56pm
  24. I will not be watching the Olympics this year. It’s wrong that we’re even participating.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:01pm
  25. I concur with Mr. Pine !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:08pm
  26. Bullshit Sigrid. What if there was a law against blonde ppl? How would you feel? Ya I thought so.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:09pm
  27. So we are sending openly gay former Olympians? That is scary as hell. They have a right to their opinion but we shouldn’t take the risk of our athletes getting hurt. Ugh this is too much!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:14pm
  28. The US should totally boycott the games. IF Obama could buy a set of balls, we would. Maybe his wife can lend him her’s.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:14pm
  29. Fuck that. That's nothing but an emotionally-driven response that would tangibly accomplish NOTHING, other than screwing over athletes who've trained their entire lives.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:25pm
  30. I stand by what I said. If you don't like it, tough shit, go on with your life. I will not even watch them on TV because of this shit. YOU can kiss Putin's ass if you wish.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:29pm
  31. Send Lyndsey Graham

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:15pm
  32. No country has the right to violate basic human rights. We have every right to criticize Russia on this, just as more progressive nations have the right to criticize economic inequality in the United States.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:23pm
  33. Once America gets its own house in order & all state’s & their religious idiots stop their bigotry towards the lgbt community in the usa, then maybe your country won’t be seen as antiquated to modern civilised countries

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:24pm
  34. This man is correct.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:25pm
  35. Thank you captain Kirk

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:30pm
  36. You Go, Mr. Handsome Good Guy

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:30pm
  37. And in other news…..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:32pm
  38. Ditch the beard and you’ll be lovely again!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:34pm
  39. To all the people who say the US should boycott the Olympics. While I appreciate your sentiment and understand your feelings how would that be fair to all the athletes who have spent their lives training for this opportunity? Some sports you age out young and only get 1 chance and many don’t get sponsors or make money off all of their dedication. This is their dream. Maybe money will come after and maybe it won’t but regardless of anything taking this chance from them to boycott for political reasons is unfair. I think sending openly gay ex Olympic competitors is the best way to state our position without screwing over our competing athletes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:42pm
  40. very true I also said the same things, when they decided to leave the Olympics still there” it is very dangerous for everyone. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:58pm
  41. Then Putin has no right telling gay people that they can’t be who they are and putting them in jail or beating them or murdering them that is wrong and against humanity .Russia and other countries that have these kind of laws are bullies and cruel and all they care about is money,power,and them selves.They don’t care about their own people

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:59pm
  42. Good for him. I’m liking the new Kirk more and more all the time.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:14pm
  43. I love and appreciate our athletes and even supported that they’ve worked too hard to miss an Olympic Games. But after remembering the HELL I went through coming out in a country that didn’t hate me, I have to say that this is MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR OLYMPIC MEDALS!!!!!!! Boycott the Olympics!!! The athletes have achieved ultimate health and skill!!! That is enough of a reward, or the world should move it somewhere else!!! This is ridiculous!! We should be sending troops into Russia, not just boycotting the games!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:14pm
  44. Ah yes, remind us exactly what fucking them over would accomplish? As in: list the tangible/financial outcomes. Line by line. ...let's see how much thought you've actually put into this. Pretty sure it won't take long. :-/

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:28pm
  45. I am beginning to understand the mindset of the suicide terror person! I really hope Global Warming kills the human species!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:17pm
  46. Hopefully, you first. The rest of us will continue striving for a better world.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:26pm
  47. How old are you children? 25, 35? I am almost 52, and came out back when our gay bars were tiny and hidden!! And this new disease was killing gay men!!! And still it was in the U.S. where it wasn’t illegal!!! You kids have had it WAY too easy!! My heart breaks for these gay kids in Russia!!! They are going to kill themselves! And it is on YOU!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:35pm
  48. I’m your fan is beautiful

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:38pm
  49. Kids got a point!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:52pm
  50. I agree whole heartedly.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:22pm
  51. Captain Kirk is right!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:47pm
  52. Well, Mr. Pine just got even more attractive. I will make it a point to see his new movie.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:51pm
  53. What’s not to love about this man?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:52pm
  54. Good for him to stand up

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:58pm
  55. How about moving these games in the future to a neutral area….how about making a island just for the games?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:25pm
  56. Seems like a beautiful man, inside and out.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:28pm
  57. I agree with Teresa!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:29pm
  58. I mean he’s got a good point.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:45pm
  59. What does this rich actor of unimportant movies suggest we do? He donating anything to help the LGBTQ community in Russia?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:40am
  60. And please don’t compare participating in the Olympics to assisting in the Holocaust. It’s not just ignorant, it’s also wicked dumb.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:43am
  61. Thank you Chris.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:40am
  62. I refuse to watch these Olympics on TV

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:14am
  63. Thank you, Chris

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:49am
  64. Fuck that shit fuck you asshole

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:04pm
  65. Fuck everyone here reading this shit too

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:05pm
  66. Benji, get a grip…. the man can give his oppinion

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:11pm
  67. I <3 Captain Kirk.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:28pm