CFN – Pink Politics are again raging in the headlines. This time the cause is the 2014 Winter
Olympic games in Sochi Russia. Because of new laws (horrible ones too) passed by Mr. Putin and his government in Russia activists like the witty and talented George Takei are suggesting that the Olympics be moved to Vancouver BC for fears of punitive actions and possible attacks not only on Gay athletes, but simply anyone that supports equality.
And attacks do happen to Gays in Russia LINK
The Olympic organizers are asking for clarification of the new laws which have not met any challenges in any courts as of yet, but do have some punitive and bizarre language in the translations at least.
In the video above Mr. Takei suggested negative effects on the sponsors and big money associated against the Olympics. Vodka is now being boycotted by many bars and businesses as well. The push is on to punish Russia for its new law.
The law, originally titled “the law against homosexual propaganda” was passed Unanimously, 436-0.
Holding a Gay Pride even, asking for equality, or speaking in defense of gay rights can lead to huge fines (over 30K) and other severe penalties.
Even the artistic soul of Russia, St. Petersburg, passed the law regionally.
While Russia has been a hot mess of a country, fighting off a declining population that has wrestled with the death of its communist rule to the wild and wooly changes since and the retrenchment of its Orthodox Church Homosexuality is not something new to Russia or its history.
While the gay press are Godwinning themselves by trying to connect the dots between the Nuremburg laws and this bizarre mess of legislation I don’t think moving the games is the solution. I also think that sometimes we have to think about the head space or thought process of the other side. Why is it that Russia is coming out with such a Draconian law? Is the Gay community missing out an opportunity to understand what could be triggering this sort of mentality? Does being gay make you Superman or Superwoman? Do you have more rights than the hetero world? Is it about equality or branding? Is there a political agenda at foot?
In the tradition of Jesse Owens I think the game, although a bit risky, is to attend the games and challenge the laws.
When the Pussy Riot girls were jailed the world spoke. This is what Russia is. This is what the people of this country have chosen. The Olympic committee chose to have the games in Russia. While boycotting is a legitimate option it fails to put the question on the biggest platform and in front of the largest microphone in the world at a given moment.
Maybe a new patch of support that athletes can wear? Maybe some of the openly gay athletes that win can say something.
To me it’s not waving a red flag in a big nasty bull’s face; but communicating the masses. While moving the games to Vancouver may be a great solution for Canada is it really a great solution to the question?
And if any Athletes or those travelling with the games are charged what better time to challenge the law in an International court system under world scrutiny?
No, I think this time George Takei may be wrong. Maybe we should be asking what William Shatner would do in this situation?
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