This upcoming Wednesday in Times Square, Queer Nation and all Americans who care about human rights abroad will be protesting Coca-Cola for its continued silence and sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While the Russian LGBT community there are being persecuted by their country and in some cases kidnapped, tortured and even murdered by it’s anti-gay citizens Coke has remained silent on the issue and has not wavered in its support of the Olympic Games.
Via Queer Rising’s Facebook Event page:
“Coke: Don’t Sponsor Hate! The Coca Cola Company is sponsoring Russian government hate at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In June, Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law that bans any pro-LGBT statement in public or private and on the Internet. The Russian government has made being out and proud a crime. Coke is a World Partner and a major sponsor of the Games. Join Queer Nation NY and RUSA LGBT. Hashtag: #DumpCoke”
The protest is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 28, starting at 12:00 noon and continuing until 1:00 PM, in Times Square, NYC – NY
This protest is not only the right thing. It’s the real thing.
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.”
Da da da da da. I’m hating it!