So of late its been a bit quiet here on the blog, but then again I haven’t not been writing. I have a few pieces up on the UCC Express Website that may be of interest to some of you. I have also started to write about sport, which is a change for me and an interesting challenge.
While most people are horrified by Russia’s recent laws on “Gay Propaganda” and its inaction on the torture of LGBT Teenagersby thugs, the rest of the right thinking world is split on how to react.
Should we boycott Russian Vodka? Should we move the Olympics like Stephen Fry has suggested? But if we do this will it harden the Russian Attitude and make them the victims? Well in their media anyway.
But of course the International Olympic Committee has been here before. Beijing.
Those planning to protest should remember that the IOC took no heed of those protests despite China’s trampling on Human Rights, so why would the IOC treat Russia any differently?
Its a catch-22 for those who want to protest. The IOC have said it will enforce rule 50 of the IOC Charter on athletes and officials. Rule 50 states
‘No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.’
The Russians too have said they will enforce the law during Sochi 2014 meaning athletes, officials and spectators face 15 days in jail followed by deportation if suspected of Gay Propaganda.
How do you fight this? Go for the sponsors? Sign Petitions?
You can’t move it. No where else is geared up for this.
A boycott is unfeasible as it puts a break on an athletes career. These are only every 4 years.
There are no good options on this.
The only option is, as The National Post points out for Gay Athletes attending Sochi 2014,
Go, be out, be yourself. If you’re not out, be supportive. Be proud. Inspire the people watching. We don’t know if someone will offer an act of bravery on a podium, or elsewhere. But someone should have the chance, because that, more than anything, should be what the world will remember.
Between that and protests around the world like this one in Sweden outside the Russian Embassy,