CuriousJockAZ saidThe Olympics should not be politicized at all as it is a LOSE/LOSE to do so.
Well, it would be nice. But if you think the Olympics was ever not politicized, I don't know where you get your history. People seem to forget that the "modern" Olympics, with all the pomp and ceremony and pageantry was pretty much established by Hitler in 1936 for the Berlin games as a way to showcase their particular brand of fascism. Have you seen Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia
? Check it.
Germany and Japan were excluded in 1948 because of their positions in WWII, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Turkey were barred in 1920 because of WWI, South Africa for a long time because of apartheid, and of course Munich.
Do some net searching on the original games in Greece as well, and you'll see similar politicization.
China has been competing for the games for quite some time, failing for years because of human rights issues.
So it's hard for me to understand pleas to "keep the games pure from politics."
I think it's quite valid to protest injustice whenever it occurs, so long as it's done in a civil fashion. China is BLATANTLY using these Olympics politically. Read up on the stuff that's happening in Beijing as a result of this huge propaganda push. It's Berlin all over again.
I, for one, like McGay, have refused to compete.
But being lucky enough to be a resident of the only US city where the torch is passing thru, I'm also going to be out there, being very civil, with my Tibet flag.
K "proud to occasionally masquerade as a crazy SF liberal"