George Takei Says It’s Time to Move the 2014 Winter Olympics Out of Russia
Mr. Sulu is pissed and he has set his phaser on KILL!
Actor and activist George Takei says its well past time to move the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games out of Russia due to its anti-gay human rights violations.
“Many believe that such a call to move the Olympics out of Russia goes too far. Would this be their opinion if the law instead called for the arrest of any Jews, Roman Catholics or Muslims should they display any sign of their religion, such as a wearing a yamaka or praying while facing Mecca? Discrimination in any form is a blight upon the Winter Games, and it must not be tolerated.
NBC and the corporate sponsors of the Olympics should be paying close attention, too, and should get behind the “Move the Olympics” movement now, while there is still time to do so. If the Winter Olympics proceed in Sochi, Russia, all of the goodwill they have spent millions to build will evaporate in noisy protests, boycotts, and terrible publicity. I personally will be beating this particular drum loudly, as will many other LGBT actors, activists and allies. Trust me, if you are a corporate brand, you do not want to be associated with the Sochi Olympics.
Nations are not judged merely on their might, but also by how they treat their most vulnerable. Russia’s cynical and deplorable actions against the LGBT community have given license to hate groups within its borders to act with violence and impunity against a group, based solely on whom they were born to love. It now seeks to spread that hate abroad through its tainted Olympics. If Russia hopes to stand with the International Community, it must accept and adopt international principles of equality and non-discrimination.”
Meanwhile Russian officials have been issuing conflicting statements left and right whether athletes and visitors to the Olympics will be harassed and prosecuted under the anti-gay laws. The IOC has said it is stands by Russia’s assurances which does nothing to change the fact that human rights abuses are being inflicted upon LGBT people there on a daily basis.
MOVE THE GAMES!