Buddy Cole gets to the bottom of gay life in Sochi, Russia (video)

Buddy Cole (aka Canadian comedian Scott Thompson) presents his final report on gay life in Sochi, Russia for the Colbert Report.

He’s been doing some great segments. Still, I worry when he interviews real Russians, and whether they’ll get into trouble.


“Just to get the story I bit the bullet, and some other stuff, and managed to penetrate Sochi’s gay underground.”

(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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7 Responses to “Buddy Cole gets to the bottom of gay life in Sochi, Russia (video)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I needed Buddy Cole in my life again.

  2. cole3244 says:

    i still laugh from the biathlete comment, too much.

  3. FLL says:

    I was thinking about how bad things would be for gay folks in Russia, now that the Olympics are over. I’ll tell you one thing that would hurt Russian gay folks—if Putin’s government had some reason to feel emboldened. And the one thing that would make Putin feel emboldened would be if Yanukovych successfully delivered Ukraine (the crown jewel) to Putin’s customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. An emboldened Putin would feel that things were truly going his way, and what’s to stop him from kicking gay people in the teeth some more?

    But that didn’t happen—and yes, I’m rubbing it in and rubbing it in, and I’ll rub it in some more. As a result of recent events in Ukraine, Putin doesn’t feel emboldened. On the contrary, Putin is sweating bullets, and that can only be good news for gay people in Russia. It brings closer the day when the Russian people decide that they’ve had enough of Putin’s regime and would like a taste of the same freedom of speech that their Slavic cousins in Ukraine now enjoy. If anyone would like to complain about my rubbing it in and rubbing it in and rubbing it in, please feel free.

  4. Yeah, this current govt doesn’t come across any friendlier than the Soviets. One of my favorite memories of our hotel in Leningrad, I think, was the cute little radio-ish box in the corner of the room that had a button to turn the volume down, but no button to actually turn it off. The best you could achieve was low-volume marching music, rather than no-marching-music. The country was straight out of 1984, and while I loved parts of the trip, it couldn’t have been a worse visit in terms of seeing a police state first hand.

  5. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, Scott Thompson’s / Buddy Cole’s reports were awesome — and for me, just a little nostalgic to see one of the old Kids in the Hall characters once again.

    But I remember some of the stories you’ve talked about, John, about the nervousness of the Russians you encountered while traveling there, and we know the Russian government now won’t hesitate to issue reprisals against those they feel have embarrassed them. I also hope those interviewees will be all right, and find myself wishing yet again that the U.S. would issue a blanket statement that any LGBT Russian looking for political asylum in the west would be welcomed.

  6. dcinsider says:

    Awesome as always.

  7. Indigo says:


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