Actor Chris Pine is the latest to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay law and just in the wake of the Sochi Olympics. As the Associated Press reports on Jan. 15, the “Star Trek” actor also feels the U.S. should’ve done more to protest against the anti-gay law and promote gay rights.
In what Pine feels as “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense”, he feels the U.S. should’ve down more than just send former gay Olympic athletes there. Ironically, Pine spoke out against the anti-gay law in an interview promoting his new film “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”
In the film, Chris Pine’s character tries to fend off a terror attack on the U.S. that originates in Russia. Based off the novel by the late Tom Clancy, the character faces new challenges in a heightened climate of corruption and terrorism.
As the 2014 Sochi Olympics approach, terrorism and gay rights have heightened interest in the Winter Games. That’s why the 33-year-old actor had much to say on the topic involving Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there. What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”
In sending former athletes like Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow to represent the U.S. in the opening ceremony, there is a necessary message being sent that includes expression and exposure, two elements that the law signed by President Vladimir Putin criminalizes.
That may be the most effective protest.