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Should Russia be allowed to have the Olympics next year?

For those who haven't been keeping up, the tldr:

Russia has recently passed sweeping anti-gay laws that have led to openly gay tourists being imprisoned.  The 2014 Olympics are scheduled to be held in Russia, meaning any gay athlete, coach, family member or other person travelling there for the games could be subject to arrest if they don't remain strictly closeted the entire time they are in country.  Even applying for the travel visa, if they have a legally recognized gay marriage i their home country could put them at risk.

Stephen Fry (who is both gay and Jewish, decended from a family who lost many members in the Holocaust) wrote this today, campaigning to have their IOC status revoked:

http://www.stephenfry.com/2013/08/07/an-open-letter-to-david-cameron-and-the-ioc/

 

(to clarify - they were awarded the games before they passed the laws, not with the laws already existing)

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:38 PM on Aug. 7, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Thank you for the link to the article. My mother and I were just discussing this.
    ChasingBridges

    Answer by ChasingBridges at 3:42 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Well this is news. Over the weekend, they said that they would do what's politically correct & not enforce it on all the athletes or their fans/supporters. If they have changed their mind on this, then they have no business hosting the games. We need to find a more tolerant playing field.
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 3:43 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Over the weekend, they said that they would do what's politically correct & not enforce it on all the athletes or their fans/supporters.

    It's more than the letter of the law - gays and lesbians have been raped, even murdered, and a blind eye is turned. While on paper they will not raid the Olympic village, they will do nothing to ensure anyone's safety if they ever leave the compound, which is damn difficult when all the events aren't connected to it, and they have to leave the compound to get to them.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 3:46 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • I think that if the Olympics are held in Russia, there should be a boycott. This wouldn't be the first time the Olympics had a boycott, but this is a much more important reason the political. This is about human rights. While it sucks that so many who had worked so hard might not get to show their stuff, I don't think we should support a country who is singling out someone because of their sexual orientation.

    I know Mr. Fry suggests that the Olympics be held elsewhere, I don't know if it would be possible to organize in a short amount of time, but I think the world needs to show Putin that his will not be tolerated!
    ChasingBridges

    Answer by ChasingBridges at 3:50 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • First, there are few people I admire and enjoy more than Stephen Fry.

    Second, no. NO, no no no. The IOC has absolutely NO business sanctioning an Olympics venue in a country that almost proudly wears this human rights abuse on their sleeves. They need to quit condoning this crap.

    If the government indeed view human rights as "politically correct" that is all we need to know about the promised safety of those participating and attending.
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 3:59 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • Particularly since the anti-gay laws were passed after Russia was granted the privilege of hosting the Olympics, I would personally like to see the games moved to another country. If the Olympic Committee had granted the right to host the games knowing about the laws, then that would have been an unhappy but different story.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 4:08 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • One more point. If the IOC continues forward, one immediate response by the government will be to make these abuses more covert. At least right now (and what a horrible "at least" it is) the world sees the insanity via some respectable media outlets. If they are allowed to host the Olympics then that will disappear from the public eye.

    And we all know, no one hardly cares about this stuff if we CAN see it, much less if we can't.
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 4:12 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • If anyone's interested, George Takei has also started a petition stateside demanding the IOC move them:


    http://www.allegiancemusical.com/blog-entry/its-time-move-olympics

    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 6:14 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • That is up to the Olympic comety

    louise2

    Answer by louise2 at 6:42 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

  • You can also be imprisoned if they THINK you're gay.


    George Takei's take.


    Yes, it should be moved, adn I do believe taht Vancouver, B.C. has offered to rehost. Their infrastructure is still sound.

    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 7:13 PM on Aug. 7, 2013

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