Pink News and Buzzfeed have obtained statements from both the Coca Cola Corporation and McDonalds about the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi Russia. While both companies expressed support for the LGBT community they also stand steadfast that the Olympic Games should remain in Russia despite it’s heinous anti-LGBT laws.
There’s no room for discrimination under the Golden Arches. McDonald’s welcomes 69 million customers around the world every day representing different races, nationalities, religions, genders, ages and sexual orientations. McDonald’s supports the spirit of the Olympic Games and its ability to unite the world in a positive and inspirational way. We’ve been a proud sponsor of the Games for 37 years. Regarding the recent Russian legislation, we support the International Olympic Committee’s belief that sport is a human right and the Olympic Games should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and athletes.
From Coca Cola:
We have long been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and have advocated for inclusion and diversity through both our policies and practices. We do not condone human rights abuses, intolerance, or discrimination of any kind anywhere in the world. As a sponsor since 1928, we believe the Olympic Games are a force for good that unite people through a common interest in sports, and we have seen firsthand the positive impact and long-lasting legacy they leave on every community that has been a host.
Quick translation: “My God, we’ve already invested millions! But good luck to all you little LGTB people.”
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