Boycott Or Not, We Must Yell
Author: M. G.
Thursday 12th of September 2013 12:23:53 PM

There is no doubt that the public opinion in Europe and the United States is generally against the new anti-gay laws in Russia. When it comes to the boycott of the Olympics however, things start getting a bit confusing. Considering the fact that nobody in a responsible position there is giving signals of accepting Stephen Fry's invitation, it's better to start thinking that maybe there isn't going to be a boycott at all. That can also be OK, eventually. In any case I would be happy for the athletes: they worked hard their whole lives for this moment and they deserve to be there. Those who deserve it most are the athletes that have already spoken publicly about human rights in Russia. I am referring, for instance, to the two times Olympian gold medalist Seth Wescott: "The human rights stuff that's going on, there's a potential for it to be an incredibly negatively overshadowed Olympics," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. He also added that some of his friends are female athletes who are lesbians and who are going to compete in the Olympics Games too: "They're wonderful human beings and I think for them to be discriminated against is a crime. ...They represent our country incredibly well and they don't need to be the object of that kind of criticism and negativity". Amen to that!

Just one last thing: the International Olympic Committee doesn't want the games themselves to be used as a platform for demonstrations, athletes can express their opinion outside of the stage - with nobody listening, preferably. I strongly believe that such an event must be a platform for (peaceful) demonstrations. We should not talk to dictator Vlad Putin, he is just following the flow of the actual society in Russia. Russian people should see what is going on around the world because of what is happening in their own country. Using one of Katharine Hamnett's slogans, they should just STOP AND THINK.


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