Here's How Russian News Channels Deal With LGBT Activists

Bolstered by the rainbow-stripped suspenders he put on to mark his solidarity with Russia's LGBT community, journalist James Kirchick went on Russia Today (RT), a news channel funded by the Russian government, to take a stand against Russia's new, anti-gay laws earlier today. While he was brought on to talk about the recent ruling in the Bradley Manning case, Kirchick refused to acknowledge the topic. Instead, he admonished the Kremlin-funded station for doing lip service to freedom, while pushing the Kremlin’s anti-gay agenda.

Kirchick adjusted his suspenders proudly, leaned back in his chair, and said, “Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific, anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law.” When one of the hosts tried to steer him back, unsuccessfully, to the topic of Manning, Kirchick responded, “You have 24 hours to lie about America. I am going to tell the truth with my two minutes.” You can watch the interview below:

Fed up with Kirchick’s protests, the network cut him off the air, and stranded him on the side of the road. After the interview, Kirchick tweeted:

Meanwhile, one of RT’s hosts delivered an apology to their viewers, saying, “We invited a guest on to discuss the fate of the whistle-blower, but he used the chance to discuss his views on other unrelated issues, and that’s why we had to take him off air. We would like to say sorry for any confusion caused.”

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Kate Dowd

Graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Spanish and Women's Studies. Proud Obama Alum, Mayoral alum, City Council alum, and School Board alum. Former President of UNO College Democrats, aspiring to be Leslie Knope, figure out the secret to getting Michelle Obama arms, the stamina and determination of Wendy Davis, the intellectual prowess of Rachel Maddow, and the sheer magnitude that comes with being Hilary. Moving to Costa Rica in November to teach English. Lover of tacos and margaritas, hugs, hope and change, my kitten Arya, Netflix + Hulu, conversations with loved ones, and smiles. Tumblr addict, still in search of my Twitter mojo, and kind of awkwardly figuring my way through Facebook's ever changing layouts. http://flirtingwithnerdythirty.wordpress.com/

MORE FROM

Man spends five months on Rikers Island without knowing his bail was $2

Now Aitabdel Salem is suing both the city and his Legal Aid lawyers.

FBI agent indicted in LaVoy Finicum shooting as police evade punishment for killing black people

Finicum was killed during the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over shooting, alleging racism and excessive force

The Sterling family alleges that police officers sent racist text messages about people who protested the black man's shooting death.

3 Chicago officers charged with conspiracy in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

The three Chicago police officers allegedly conspired to prevent an independent investigation and prosecution against Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Video shows officer threatening black man for jaywalking without an ID

The officer is not currently under investigation.

Black teens handcuffed for selling water on National Mall are now getting job offers

"I feel like it was a bad situation turned into a good situation."

Man spends five months on Rikers Island without knowing his bail was $2

Now Aitabdel Salem is suing both the city and his Legal Aid lawyers.

FBI agent indicted in LaVoy Finicum shooting as police evade punishment for killing black people

Finicum was killed during the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Alton Sterling’s children sue Baton Rouge over shooting, alleging racism and excessive force

The Sterling family alleges that police officers sent racist text messages about people who protested the black man's shooting death.

3 Chicago officers charged with conspiracy in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

The three Chicago police officers allegedly conspired to prevent an independent investigation and prosecution against Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Video shows officer threatening black man for jaywalking without an ID

The officer is not currently under investigation.

Black teens handcuffed for selling water on National Mall are now getting job offers

"I feel like it was a bad situation turned into a good situation."