Thomas Roberts 'Dismayed' By Reaction He's Getting For Not Boycotting Russia
MSNBC News anchor Thomas Roberts is less than thrilled with the reaction he's getting regarding his decision to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia. As we'd previously mentioned, Andy Cohen, another high profile LGBT television personality declined the gig citing Russia's anti-gay laws.
"I am a little dismayed at some of the reaction that people have had, that have wanted to try to attack my personal and professional belief for what I'm standing up for, but I respect their right to do that," he says. "But I wish they would have a little more faith in me."
Roberts, 41, also addressed former co-host Andy Cohen, also gay, who announced he would not host for a third year because he did not feel safe in a country with such laws.
"He decided to boycott before he had the offer," Roberts says. "So, for me, this was something I thought was too great of an opportunity to miss out on. And I think Andy's great. I think he's done a great job before. But I appreciate that I know I can bring something else to this and be able to push the envelope a little bit further with being able to report for our networks."
What do you think of Roberts' reaction, Instincters?
Do you have faith that he'll make his trip to Russia worthwhile for the LGBT community?