MR. Anton Krasovsky is this week's Real Man We Admire.
What happens when the person reporting the news becomes the headline himself? Ask Anton Krasovsky, this week’s Real Man We Admire. The Russian political journalist and television personality shocked audiences earlier this year when he came out live on air, risking his career (and, arguably, his life) in the process.
In a scene straight out of the classic film “Network,” the 39-year-old former head of Russia’s government-sponsored Kontr TV network, ended his broadcast by saying, “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as president Putin, as prime minister Medvedev, and deputies of our Duma.” He was fired the next day.
Krasovsky’s surprise statement was brave by any standard, but even more so when you consider Russia’s notoriously oppressive stance on homosexuality. While being gay is not technically illegal, the government recently passed a series of laws against distributing “homosexual propaganda,” enacted a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, and barred gay pride parades from ever taking place in Moscow well into the next century. Anti-gay violence, including murder, also appears to be on the rise.
So what made Krasovsky put it all on the line? Much like fictional newsman Howard Beale, he was...