“Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen speaks out on Michael Sam, Vladimir Putin and gay rights
Andy Cohen appeared in a piece that aired yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press and he spoke out on a variety of topics in his chat with Harry Smith.
Here are some highlights:
On Michael Sam coming out:“The fact that his teammates all knew and this was an open secret for so long is what really blew me away. It seems like in Missouri he was judged for how he played on the field which is exactly how it should be.”
On how things have for gays: “I’m 45. I grew up not thinking that I could be openly gay in the world so the idea that I’m hosting a talk show every night as an openly gay man saying whatever I want to say is incredible to me. And the rights that are being afforded to me and what’s happening every year, I can’t believe what’s happening.”
On his decision to not host Miss Universe pageant in Moscow last November: “It seemed very disingenuous of me to go to Russia and do a travelogue about what a great time the pageant queens had in Moscow, what a wonderful city when I could be stoned in a square for throwing out a gay flag.”
On watching the Olympics: “When I see Putin, my blood boils, you know. I think he is living in a fantasyland where gay people– the mayor of Sochi said there are no gay people in Sochi. There are now by the way, a lot.”
On Putin inadvertently hugging gay gold medal speed skater from Holland: “We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.”