Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Russian Olympics Should be Boycotted!
Russia NEEDS these games and they need them to be successful. So that's why it's all the more perplexing that in 2013, six months before the Olympics, Putin would take such a ridiculous gamble and indiscriminately single out a group of citizens and criminalize them. I stress the year 2013 because it's just so unbelievable that a supposed government of a civilized world power society, that has a seat on the United Nations, would be so ass backwards and treat homosexuals as deviant criminals. The world over would be appalled if instead of LGBT people, that the victims be Jewish, Asian, black, handicapped, fat, etc. No one would tolerate that, but when it comes to gay people, other people's personal sexual orientation... oh well, it's not our problem, we should still just go to the Olympics and kick ass! Yeah! This is bullshit and I sure as hell won't be paying attention to the Sochi Olympics. Then again, I haven't cared much for the Olympics since the 90s, so... but still, I'm not going to write about it or tweet 'Hoo-rays' when my favorite nations win the gold. I'll just ignore it. But it's my hopes that as time passes, some brave countries will announce that they are boycotting the Olympics on humanitarian grounds, or that some high-profile athletes publicly announce that they are not going.
What about all the gay athletes, trainers, reporters, visitors and family/friends who plan on going to Russia? Do they have to leave their gayness at home? And if they do, will they happily spend money in a country that jails gay people just because they're gay? If these games go on and if they are a financial success per Russian assessments, then the world just told Russia that their political war against LGBT people is A-ok and that what they're doing is the right thing. And to that, I say fuck the countries and the people who support the Sochi Olympics and Russian politics.