TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Miss Universe

Staying Put In Moscow

8/20/2013 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-miss-universe-gay-pride
The Miss Universe Organization believes the show must go on in Moscow ... and it doesn't matter that the Russian government is gay-hostile.

A rep from the MUO tells us the new, anti-gay law violates the core values of the organization ... nevertheless, they want to stay put in Moscow.  They say they're hoping to change Russian minds.  Good luck with that.

Here's the rub.  If some of the women competing are lesbians, they better keep it to themselves, because they could end up in the pokey if they play their hand publicly.

The decision to stay in Moscow isn't sitting well with everyone.  A petition on Change.org is trying to pressure the MUO to move out of Moscow.

70 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

NnoTime    

Does anyone understand that in the pagent world there is a type of "casting couch"?! To get ahead?! Since when did this corrupt industry decide they are friends with the adversity crowd? Russia is morally ethically corrupt, Putin has about ten friends he turned into insane billionaires two of which, daughters of his "friends" purchased bout 80+ million dollar real estate pads in the USof A! Both girls mind you in thier twenties. The corrupt pagent world should shake hands with fellow corruption. Sorry, but what has Russia done but cause headaches and destruction for everyone else. Including, thier own people.. Oh wait just like the pagent industry.

241 days ago
32.

ss0101    

Staying in Russia for what? Their pageant? Is there a date for the pageant and, if so, why isn't it the story?
Come on: that would seem like a fundamental fact for any story and it was nowhere to be seen.

241 days ago
33.

LeeS523    

This is a Donald Trump and NBC organizations. This is what I will remember. They both beg for ratings from us all on a daily basis, but don't mention their involvement here. So sad all the way around. Way to go Andy Cohen!!!

241 days ago
34.

Humannature    

Good For Russia, Lets Export All Of West Hollywood
Over To Them.

241 days ago
35.

OhWell    

Q. Where Won't Harvey & Andy
Be Going On Vacation?

241 days ago
36.

elpablo    

Sad that it's Russia who now has the moral authority of right and wrong over America. Our Country used to be great until societal norms devolved into a cess pool. Sad.

241 days ago
37.

Frinag    

Russia has banned the promotion and propaganda of homosexuality among children only!!!.No one queer is in Russian prisons.Queers have the same rights as normal people.Come to Russia and you will see that west mass media and west authority is a big machine of falsehood against Russia.And you*ll be surprised when you see Russians are like Wests.I don*t know why Wests constantly lies of Russia. I think west authority want s to divert attention from great problems in their countries lying against Russia. That*s all.

241 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3

Around The Web