Maddow Tells Letterman She Won’t Be Going to Sochi: ‘I’d Be Safe in Jail’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow visited the Late Show last night, and after spending a full segment explaining the ins and outs of the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal to David Letterman, he changed the subject to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Asked if she would be going to the Olympics “care-free” were she an athlete, Maddow responded, “As a gay person, there’s that little inflection to it. I’d be safe in jail.”

Letterman said he was “hoping” the international community would have made a bigger “stink” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and banded together to boycott the games until they made moves to change them, but Maddow did not necessarily agree with him.

“I think the people who made that case have made a very articulate case,” she said. “At the same time, the athletes — including the gay athletes — they want to compete in the Olympics.”

“Being openly gay in Russia is itself an act of bravery right now,” Maddow added, and “simply being open about your sexual orientation is a one-finger salute to Vladimir Putin.”

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