Two Public Figures Come Out, One Loses Job
WWE wrestler Darren Young gets friendly reception, but...
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
Darren Young, left, and Anton Krasovsky.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Two gay men came out publicly this week and received totally different reactions. With Russia's anti-gay law making headlines, Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky made his declaration on air, the Independent reports. "I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma," he said. Krasovsky was promptly fired via text message. But "somebody should do it," he said later. "I decided it was time to be open, for me. That’s it."

WWE wrestler Darren Young made his statement during an impromptu TMZ video interview at LAX. Asked whether a gay wrestler can succeed, he said, "Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy." At least so far, public reaction has been friendly: WWE champ John Cena told TMZ that Young is "a great guy" and "congratulations," while the WWE said it's "proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality."

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Aug 20, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
What a surprise if some of those posting anti-gay comments knew who in their immediate family were also gay. Most dads, uncle, brothers, sisters and even mothers manage to hide it all their life.
Aug 16, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
I don't follow wrestling but after seeing these two interviews and how articulate these guys are, I had to laugh. I suppose it takes a certain level of education or intelligence to keep track of who your character is and how to do the fake moves without hurting someone or being injured yourself.
Aug 16, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
Congratulations, America, even our most primitively chest-thumping public figures (not that there's anything wrong with that) are more progressive then Russia. Also- completely without sarcasm- well done, WWE.