I know it seems 1936 was long ago, but it really wasn’t. The Nazis had taken power only three years before, and persecution of Jews and gay men was already underway, but the Germans soft-pedaled the situation while they hosted the 1936 Olympics. Once the games were over, the persecution, and ultimately the killings, continued while the world looked the other way.
There’s no fucking way I will watch a minute of the Winter Olympics on TV this year. Russia has officially declared war upon its gay/lesbian minority. We are considered less than vermin, unfit for normal society. And I am still supposed to sit by and watch these jovial sporting contests take place in Russia while my brothers and sisters are officially assigned to second-class citizenship?
U-m-m-m-m-, no thank you.
Look, at some point you must stick up for yourself. And I, for one, will not stand for Mr. Putin’s sanitized views of how we should live our lives. Europe went down that road once, with Adolf, and I won’t be a part of the pageantry celebrating Russia’s greatness, not while its homophobic policies are in force. I’ll tune out, thank you.
Here is Shaun White, the amazing U.S. snowboarder. Shaun, are you attending the Sochi competition? If so, will you have the balls to wear a temporary rainbow tattoo on your face when you compete, to show Mr. Putin just how disgusting his social views are?
Look, someone needs to do it. If not Shaun, then maybe someone with a little more social conscience. Will someone please step up to the plate? I. for one, won’t watch a minute of the Winter Olympics, unless someone with a social conscience steps forward.
The temporary rainbow tattoos, which measure 1.5″ X 2″ can be purchased here:http://www.tattooforaweek.com/en/Temporary+Tattoos/Miscellaneous/Gay+Pride.htm
I hope someone will have the courage to wear one at the Games.