Boycott the 2014 Olympics in Russia

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    Jul 24, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see
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    Jul 24, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    If not watching is boycotting... I Do That EVERY Year icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 24, 2013 9:46 AM GMT
    Russia has a long way to go... Besides the homophobia, their leaders are a bunch of mobsters and their "democracy" is a joke.

    I was thinking about going to a judo tournament there next year, but I don't think they deserve a single cent of my money, so that's not going to happen.
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    Jul 24, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    Well, I actually like watching it and would like to attend at some point, but I'm with Judoguy, not a dime of my money.
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    Jul 24, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see



    I have never forgiven President Carter for his boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Russia. These games should absolutely NOT be politicized in ANY way. These athletes work way to hard for their efforts to be all for not due to the games being politicized. One of the beautiful things about the Olympics is how it brings the world together in sport and the whole world is watching. Boycotting the games is just unfair to those who devote their whole life to getting there.
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    Jul 24, 2013 3:16 PM GMT
    Time to blow the dust off the nukes, boys.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 24, 2013 3:19 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    So the IOC should just let gay athletes and their fans get arrested and deported?


    I think we both know that this is not likely to happen because there would be a world outcry over it. Where the problem lies is the IOC chosing a place like this to host the games in the first place. Efforts should be directed toward the IOC to force them to look into human rights violations of countries before voting to give them the Olympics. However, to cancel or boycott the games makes the athletes themselves victims of all of this and it's not fair. I'm not arguing that these human rights and LGBT rights violations are outrageous --- of course they are, and they must be stopped --- I'm just saying that the athletes who devote their lives to excellence in sport should not be collateral damage in all of it.
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    Jul 24, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Scruffypup saidhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see



    I have never forgiven President Carter for his boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Russia. These games should absolutely NOT be politicized in ANY way. These athletes work way to hard for their efforts to be all for not due to the games being politicized. One of the beautiful things about the Olympics is how it brings the world together in sport and the whole world is watching. Boycotting the games is just unfair to those who devote their whole life to getting there.



    Yeah, I suppose you're right. I just hate giving my money to savages.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 24, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    I think it is good to see that they are standing up for themselves and doing something to get equality. I think the Olympics can help to provide a voice for them, rather than silence them. I have to agree with CuriousJock on this one.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 24, 2013 7:10 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI wish I had your sanguine confidence about this.



    I agree that the horror stories coming from that part of the world are an outrage and very sad. I just think if there ever was a time in which Russia (or ANY country for that matter) was going to be making sure no harm comes to any Olympians, or their families, it would be during the Olympic games when the whole world is watching. They have nothing to gain, and a whole lot to lose by doing anything differently. That being said, I do think there are plenty of ways to protest the LGBT treatment in Russia without it costing the athletes an Olympics they have trained their entire lives for.
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    Jul 24, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Scruffypup saidhttp://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see



    I have never forgiven President Carter for his boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Russia. These games should absolutely NOT be politicized in ANY way. These athletes work way to hard for their efforts to be all for not due to the games being politicized. One of the beautiful things about the Olympics is how it brings the world together in sport and the whole world is watching. Boycotting the games is just unfair to those who devote their whole life to getting there.



    Yeah, I suppose you're right. I just hate giving my money to savages.


    then you should stop paying taxes icon_lol.gif