Actor Chris Pine has criticized a Russian law that prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

Approval of the law provoked worldwide condemnation and calls for boycotts of Russian made imports and international events taking place in Russia, including next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The United States is sending a delegation to the Sochi Games which includes three openly gay athletes: tennis legend Billie Jean King, Olympian Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

“I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,” Pine told the AP. “What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.”

The 33-year-old Pine, who is promoting his latest film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, called the legislation “clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense.”

(Related: Ian McKellen leads 27 Nobel laureates in demanding Russia repeal anti-gay law.)