Russia Today (RT), an English-language television network owned and funded by the Russian government, invited American reporter James Kirchick to be part of an on-air panel yesterday discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning.
But Kirchick, a gay conservative, didn't want to talk about Manning. Instead, when his segment began he put on a pair of rainbow suspenders and informed the host that he'd be talking about Russia's barbaric crackdown on LGBT people instead.
"Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network," Kirchick said, "I'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders and I'm going to speak out against the horrific anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law."
The startled host tried to get Kirchick to talk about Manning, but to no avail: he spent more than two minutes slamming the law, assailing Russian homophobia, and excoriating the RT Network for their complicity in Putin's hate-fueled policies.
RT eventually cut off the interview.
Watch, after the jump.