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Will anyone else be boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

Ozymandias 2013/08/02 02:06:42
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I'm out...
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It's quite clear that Russia has no respect for homosexuals. Gay marriages are against the law there. Protests for gay rights have grown violent recently, and the police often arrest the protesters rather than their assailants. In addition, the band Pussy Riot was unjustly arrested in Russia. Since Russia doesn't want to leave its oppressive demeanor and long track record of human rights violations behind, they don't deserve the time of day. Let us refuse to show them any sponsorship during the 2014 and hit them the hardest where it hurts the most which is financially.
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  • MrSpork 2013/08/11 08:40:18 (edited)
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    MrSpork
    +1
    I scarcely watch any Olympics on TV even. But trying to right a wrong through boycotts can hurt allies and innocent people in Russia (like the people you are trying to help). Sort of in the way that the gay rights ban does. Good intentions can have bad results.
  • Ozymandias MrSpork 2013/08/12 13:01:38
    Ozymandias
    +1
    Very true! I'm not really into the winter Olympics like I am the summer ones anyway.
  • CONVOY 2013/08/08 15:57:54
    I'm in...
    CONVOY
    +1
    Is anyone else confused on what to vote for? I'm in means I'm in for getting out of Sochi, right?
  • Ozymandias CONVOY 2013/08/12 13:02:08
    Ozymandias
    It means either that or that you won't be watching the games to defy Russia.
  • Dickens 2013/08/02 15:41:06 (edited)
    I'm in...
    Dickens
    +2
    ...although I wouldn't watch the winter olympics if they took place in my home town.....
  • Ozymandias Dickens 2013/08/02 20:01:25
    Ozymandias
    Thank you at least for sharing your input!
  • Chris- Demon of the PHAET 2013/08/02 15:22:04
    I'm in...
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    I rarely watch the Olympics so it won't be much effort for me.

    Giving up Russian vodka is much harder but I will. :-)
  • Ozymandias Chris- ... 2013/08/02 20:01:43
    Ozymandias
    +2
    You can always try something else.
  • Chris- ... Ozymandias 2013/08/02 20:04:15
    Chris- Demon of the PHAET
    +3
    You're right and I will. :-)
  • La Chris- ... 2013/08/05 08:04:50
    La
    +2
    Finnish vodka is amazing :D
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2013/08/02 15:20:13
    I'm in...
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    You know, this isn't just about marriage equality. In Russia this is about human rights. Homosexuals are being beaten, and tortured.. and Russia has stated that if a gay athlete attends they could be arrested. Truth is, they don't even have to be gay, just perceived as such.
  • Ozymandias Melicio... 2013/08/02 20:02:24
    Ozymandias
    +1
    Thank you for proving my point. You live right up to your pseudonym when you make that statement. =)
  • Melicio... Ozymandias 2013/08/02 21:23:02
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    I am hoping this is a compliment and so I will say thank you.
  • Ozymandias Melicio... 2013/08/05 21:36:09
    Ozymandias
    It was.
  • Superman 2013/08/02 14:57:58
    I'm in...
    Superman
    +1
    I usually prefer the winter Olympics to the Summer Olympics, so I do watch more events on a regular basis.

    I am planning on not watching or "boycotting" I guess most of the events I usually watch - the various luge events and most importantly hockey.

    One thing I can't not watch is Curling. This is "the" event of the Olympics to me . . . where some fantastic curling happens for viewing. There isn't access to a lot of good competitive curling on tv. So I'm just not going to skip it.

    Another way to look at this, btw, is to hope that western teams come in and destroy Russia in the events. Particularly any known gay athletes. I'm not sure if boycotting watching really will do much to "tell" Russia anything. And I would think we'd want to support those who aren't involved with these laws or who are actively against them and competing.

    Just a thought.
  • Ozymandias Superman 2013/08/02 20:03:03
    Ozymandias
    I agree with you. Hopefully Johnny Weir will go in there and kick some ass.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/08/02 13:06:16
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    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    How childish. Those athletes have worked hard for 4 years.
  • Melicio... Aqua Su... 2013/08/02 15:21:31
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    Yes, they have.. but should we put them at risk for arrest? Because if they are homosexual, or perceived as such, they could be arrested.
  • Aqua Su... Melicio... 2013/08/03 13:04:20
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    It should be their choice.
  • Ozymandias Aqua Su... 2013/08/02 20:03:32
    Ozymandias
    Well they didn't know this was going to happen when they started training. Don't blame it on the athletes.
  • Aqua Su... Ozymandias 2013/08/03 13:04:58
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Whose blaming the athletes.
  • Ozymandias Aqua Su... 2013/08/05 21:36:47
    Ozymandias
    You make it sound like the athletes are the ones forming the boycott when it should be the fans.
  • cddjmikey 2013/08/02 12:00:28
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    cddjmikey
    +1
    Sorry, this is an attempted redo of 1980 all over again. The ONLY thing this would hurt are the athletes that have spent,in some cases, their whole lives trying to get there. Why not try and emulate the 1940 Olympics instead ? The one in Germany where, I believe, Carl Lewis defeated the Nazi "supermen" in every race proving that Hitler was wrong. Wouldn't that send a stronger message then acting like a spoiled school child who doesn't like the game so he takes his bat and ball home ending the game ?
  • Melicio... cddjmikey 2013/08/02 15:22:30
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    What of the homosexual athletes who have trained their whole lives, but now have to worry about their safety while they are there? Or even heterosexuals who are simply perceived as gay?
  • cddjmikey Melicio... 2013/08/02 17:30:17
    cddjmikey
    Please get real. They could not touch one of the athletes unless they committed a REAL crime such as assault or murder without sparking an international incident !
  • Melicio... cddjmikey 2013/08/02 17:44:17
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    Keep telling yourself that.
  • Ozymandias cddjmikey 2013/08/02 20:05:07
    Ozymandias
    Actually, that was the 1936 Olympics. The ones in 1940 and 1944 were cancelled because of World War II. That was Jesse Owens you were thinking of that won all those awards. Carl Lewis kicked ass in the 1988 Olympics. You might want to read up on your history there, Chief.
  • cddjmikey Ozymandias 2013/08/02 20:44:51
    cddjmikey
    Ok, so I had my years and track stars all mixed up. The point remains. The ONLY people hurt in 1988 were the athletes that had trained so hard for it. Hitler was shown up by a black man that his was NOT the master race.
  • Ozymandias cddjmikey 2013/08/05 21:37:48
    Ozymandias
    Well if there's talks of boycotts now, then maybe Russia should reflect back on the 1980's and learn from their mistakes and not do them over again.
  • cddjmikey Ozymandias 2013/08/05 23:38:04
    cddjmikey
    From what I understand the gay militants want to cause all of the athletes grief because they aren't allowed to make out in public or some such drivel.
  • Ozymandias cddjmikey 2013/08/06 03:36:27
    Ozymandias
    That sounds like something Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck would say.
  • cddjmikey Ozymandias 2013/08/06 15:33:27
    cddjmikey
    THANK YOU ! Oh wait, you meant that as an insult didn't you ? Listen, as far as I am concerned they can do whatever unnatural things they want to here as long as I don't have to see it. But they need to figure out that not every country is as tolerant of what they consider to be inappropriate behavior. Some examples. I think it was Taiwan that caned that boy for littering or graffiti or some such thing. If they did something in public in the Middle East they would be beheaded. If a woman showed up at a beach there and stripped down to a thong bikini I am pretty sure she would be stoned to death. That of course after just about every male on the beach raped her because she was obviously asking for it.
  • Ozymandias cddjmikey 2013/08/06 17:52:05
  • cddjmikey Ozymandias 2013/08/06 18:33:52
    cddjmikey
    We aren't. Their whole argument is that they want to be able to do whatever in Russia without reprisal against their laws. They can't seem to understand that when you are a guest in another country you by what the law is there, not what they want them to be.
  • Ozymandias cddjmikey 2013/08/06 18:41:15
    Ozymandias
    All the reason more why I stand by my original statement and want to boycott the Olympics - end of story.
  • La 2013/08/02 08:46:22
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    La
    +3
    Ahhh you must move in rich circles if "boycotting the Olympics" is a thing. Most of us can't afford to go to the Olympics, whether we want to or not!
  • Ozymandias La 2013/08/02 20:06:25
    Ozymandias
    So then boycotting it shouldn't affect us in any way, shape, or form.
  • divinemissm 2013/08/02 05:50:26
  • Ozymandias divinem... 2013/08/02 05:57:44
    Ozymandias
    +1
    I imagine you're probably right. Hindsight is always 20/20. That being said, I suspect it's going to be a long time before Russia is ever even considered by the IOC.

    I think what we should do is cut off all aid to them until after Putin steps down. He wants to rebuild the Soviet Union.

    As far as I'm concerned, that man's only redeeming quality is that he wants to save tigers from going extinct, and he's an environmentalist. Everything else about him overshadows that.
  • divinem... Ozymandias 2013/08/02 06:02:14

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