John M. Becker

Maddow: Being Openly Gay in Russia an 'Act of Bravery'

Filed By John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Letterman, Rachel Maddow, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Sochi 2014, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin

rachel-maddow-david-letterman.jpgMSNBC goddess Rachel Maddow sat down with David Letterman last night on CBS's Late Show to discuss Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" scandal and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

La Maddow was fabulous as usual. Letterman asked her about the security situation and whether she'd feel safe at the Olympics, to which she responded, "As a gay person, I'd be 'safe' in jail." Letterman revealed that he had hoped for a mass boycott of the Sochi Games in light of Russia's anti-LGBT laws:

"Should there have been... a larger, more active, aggressive boycott, or -- pardon the expression -- stink about their views on gay rights and human rights in Russia?," Letterman asked Maddow. "I was hoping that everybody would pull out and everybody would say, 'No, this is not right. This is medieval times. Forget it, we're not going.'"

Maddow responded that the case for a boycott was "a very articulate case," then predicted that athletes and others may choose to be open about their sexual orientation during the Games as "a one-finger salute to Vladimir Putin." "Being openly gay in Russia is itself an act of bravery right now," she said.

Watch Maddow's interview with Letterman, after the jump.

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