Something more needs to be done in regards to the Olympics and Russia's abject persecution of gays and lesbians...then talking about it. . Sitting around worrying about the athletes getting to perform is nice, but come on. Wearing buttons and holding hands around the Olympic site is a nice gesture, too, but come on. Should we, should everyone boycott the whole shebang, sure why the hell or just move it elsewhere. Could we boycott all the sponsors, sure why not? Remember when South African athletes weren't allowed to participate in international sporting events...hey, there's a thought. While we are talking on the Russians and Putin, there are plenty of other jackass homophobes out there in the Olympic world. Let's go after them, too. vBan them all.
But back to Russia. It isn't just Putin, by the way, nor is it just the Russian Orthodox Church, though both are evil. The Advocate reminds us:
Nearly three out of four Russians think homosexuality should be rejected by society, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.
The study found that 74% of Russians answered “no” to the question: “Should society accept homosexuality?”
Let's join in boycott the big Russian products that are sold in this globalized world we live in. I am not big on the effectiveness of boycotts, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. It ain't like I have to drink shots of Stoli.
People are being forced into hiding who they are. People are being thrown in jail. People are dying. The lives of gay people mean more that the Winter Olympics.
..and again, go elsewhere if you want but don't take the Olympics to Russia...and again while we are at let's make the Olympics actually live up to the standards and the ideals their bosses so proudly proclaim, the sports announcers babble about throughout the games, the spirit we all pretend exists, but doesn't
Let's face it the Olympics are big business and global capital has a wonderful home in their villages. Throw those bastards out.
I admit, I love watching the Olympics, but now is the time for you and I, and people like us to finally say, enough is enough. The games can't go on as if they exist in some other dimension then the one we inhabit.
I admit, I am starting to just babble or rant, but it pisses me off...It pisses me off that if you google "boycott the olympics" what you mostly find are "reasonable arguments" on why not to do just that.
Move it, fix it, or shut it down.
The first below is from the American Prospect. After you have read that post, please move on and read a very "interesting" piece on the movement to boycott the 1936 Nazi Olympics from the web site of the United Sates Holocaust Museum. Then think again about the Putin Olympics.
STICKING IT TO SOCHI: RUSSIAN LGBT ACTIVISTS ON WHAT WORK
by Nancy Goldstein
THE MOVEMENT TO BOYCOTT THE BERLIN OLYMPICS OF 1936