Sochi What?

January 27th, 2014, 6:14 am

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They're also boycotting
because they don't think
people should encourage

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Reply TheCatMolloy, January 27th, 2014, 6:54 am

I'm not a big sports guy normally, but I quite like the Olympics. Everyone's competing for the pride of their nation, and the athletes are actually FROM the countries they're representing. The Olympics brings the world together in the spirit of healthy competition, and people care about Curling or Women's Boxing or whatnot for a couple of weeks. It's nice.

The whole 'gay propaganda' thing is problematic though. It means anyone participating in or sponsoring the Winter Olympics this year has to either ignore or tacitly approve of overt institutionalised homophobia, or else risk jail time and fines. Kind of takes away from the spirit of the thing, I think.

[EDIT: For this strip, Cosmo the Quote Bunny was quoting civil rights campaigner Harvey Milk: "It takes no compromise to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political ideal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression."

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Reply GabrielsThoughts, January 27th, 2014, 9:11 am

EDIT: erased on the grounds that it could potentially bite me later on the ass regardless of the context.

Reply Juan (Guest), January 27th, 2014, 10:44 am

I agree, don't encourage winter. I am in the middle of the north american continent, where it is currently 16 below (and them's fahrenheit degrees).

Reply Agen (Guest), January 27th, 2014, 12:11 pm

And I am to the north of you on the Canada/U.S. border where it is also COLD!

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), January 27th, 2014, 4:11 pm

ehhh What china did was a lot worse and we let them have an olympics. I'm kind of a little bit on russia's side here, just because everyone else is way too far in the other direction.
Though basically everything i hear about what their government does is just pants on head retarded so i dunno. fuck politics.

Reply VictorB, January 27th, 2014, 10:14 pm

I think politics should be spared from the Olympics. I know that it's a fool's dreams, but I don't watch the Olympics even thinking "Oh, there's the former Nazi group going" or "Oh look at that, the communists want to try, how cute." I actually cheer for my country moreso than others, but I cheer for everyone to have the best run they can. Well except for the Vancouver Olympics... I cheered for Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, "The Snow Leopard" more than anyone else since the announcer said that he trained himself to do this without proper snow and stuff. So his determination won me over...

Anyways, my point is, bringing politics about homosexuality, history and other such things just tend to spoil the spirit, as Gar said earlier.

Reply TheCatMolloy, January 29th, 2014, 9:03 am

Hardly the first time the Olympics have been hosted in a country with controversial politics. The 1936 Summer Games in Berlin went ahead in the face of numerous boycotts and public opposition. The U.S.A. fielded a team in spite of protests, operating on the rationale that athletics and politics have nothing to do with each other.

That's actually borne out a little by this excerpt from the Wikipedia article on the 1936 games "Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the sprint and long jump events. His German competitor Luz Long offered Owens advice after he almost failed to qualify in the long jump, and was posthumously awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for sportsmanship."

Jesse Owens is of course the American athlete whom Hitler famously refused to shake hands with.

Reply VictorB, January 29th, 2014, 10:17 pm

I know that the Olympics is all politics. I am most convinced that, just like in Naruto, for anime geeks like me, the Olympics have a second reason for existing: Proving a country's political might by it's medal winning prowess. It's not a big stretch to see how a country who has the ability to outdo the others in more events must have a larger number of healthy citizens in it. I mean it's the best of the best out there and the best of a group of 2 isn't much of a challenge compared to the best of a group of 3000. And we all know Healthier more able bodied people means more ability to have a stronger military foundation.

But all that is besides the point. I still think that they shouldn't mix.

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