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I get why the athletes don't want to boycott the Olympics.  They have trained for years and then a few months before the Winter Olympics are to begin, Russia passes an anti-gay law that has given rise to many sick, sociopathic haters to post videos of people beating the crap out of homosexuals.

The most recent, disgusting, violent, anti-humane video that I know about was reported today by the Huffington Post.  I am not going to link the video because it is repugnant and I will not give the haters who made that video space in my diary.  The said video, as reported by HuffPo states

the victim is repeatedly beaten and kicked over the entirety of her head and body while being dragged around the park by the men for several minutes, at one point by her underwear. The title of the video reportedly translates roughly to a reference of the transgender woman as a "homosexual" and then continues by saying "view from 16 years old." It is unclear whose age to which the number 16 refers.

The woman appears to escape towards the end of the video and the viewer can then see one of the men rifling through the contents of her purse. At least one bystander is present throughout the attack, though no attempt is made to stop the men.

This terrifying video is unfortunately not the first of its kind to emerge following Russia's passage of anti-gay "propaganda" legislation.

Naturally, Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports "minister" (minister my ass) said the controversy over Russia's newest hate-law is an "invented problem" and that the Russian anti-gay ban does not actually "ban" what people do in "private" and to say otherwise is just Western media pushing a false narrative.
Mutko said the law was intended to protect Russian children. "We want to protect our younger generation whose physicality has not been formulated. It is a law striving to protect rights of children – and not intended to deprive anybody of their private life,"
Key words: "private life" ... because once you go outside, you can get the sh't beat out of you by haters and no one will stop even the most brutal attack.

I reiterate, I understand why the athletes do not wish to boycott and it is regrettable that Russia passed their hate-law at a time when it was too late to move the Winter Olympics.  That said, I will personally boycott the Winter Olympics.  I will not watch any part of the Olympic coverage.  I realize that my one television blacking out all Olympic coverage is not going to mean a GD thing to the IOC, Russia broadcasting or any broadcasting network but it is the least I can do to show solidarity to all homosexuals and transgenders no matter where they live.

So Russia, I say F.O. I aint gonna watch no stinking Olympic coverage.

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  •  That's not going to hurt Russia . . .. (0+ / 0-)

    just your local (and National) family of NBC channels.

    •  So (3+ / 0-)
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      By the way, I already admitted that in my Diary and, as I said, I don't care that Russia won't get "hurt" by my boycott I am not doing it to hurt Russia ... like I wrote in the Diary I am doing it to

      show solidarity to all homosexuals and transgenders no matter where they live.
      •  Maybe I worded that incorrectly (3+ / 0-)
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        in that my point was the most tangible harm will be done to the US Broadcasters if there is a boycott.

        Of course, considering who the "victims" will be in this case, that might be a worthy cause in and of itself.

        OTOH perhaps somebody's spouse, sister in law twice removed, etc actually works for NBC and this will be an unintended consequence.

        My strategy (which I'm sure won't have much of an effect, but whatever) will be to email NBC copiously urging them to play up Russia's anti gay stance and provide laudatory coverage of any protests . . ..

    •  You say that (0+ / 0-)

      as if it were a bad thing.

      Myself, I've been on record for decades as calling for the termination of this corporate orgy, presided over by an international committee of crypto- and very real fascists,  wreaking environmental and socioeconomic catastrophe wherever it lands.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:24:23 AM PDT

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      •  As I commented below, but above this post, (0+ / 0-)

        I explicitly pointed out that boycotting NBC could be a worthy venture in and of itself.

        But I clearly didn't express myself well - in this case a boycott seems to me to more constitute simply ignoring the whole problem than doing anything to fix/resolve it.

        This might be a clumsy parallel, but the Syrian civil war rather horrifies me - but would it do any good for me to boycott it?  (e.g., not watch any TV coverage?).  

        In any event, perhaps I partially redeemed myself by offering what I hoped was a positive alternative plan of action (in a post just above, I believe)

    •  and that's a problem because, Roadbed Guy ...? (0+ / 0-)


      We're talking about NBC here.

      The network that can't get games for Sunday Night Football....

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:47:09 PM PDT

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  •  Great idea -- I'll join you n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  If you wan to boycott (1+ / 0-)
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    try russian products and goods.

  •  Olympics...Meh (0+ / 0-)

    Hey, how can we ramp up commercialization on this over commercialized 4 year spectacle?

    We'll turn it into an over commercialized every 2 years!

    We'll split the summer and winter and leap frog them, that way we can keep the Olympics relevant and make even more money by over commercializing what is already over-commercialized since we'll be able to do it far more often. Yeah!

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:28:07 AM PDT

  •  I pretty much don't watch the Olympics anyway. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  IOC should move it back to Vancouver... (1+ / 0-)
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    A mind like a book, has to be open to function properly.

    by falconer520 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 02:43:50 PM PDT

  •  Putin's made Russia a corrupt police state that is (0+ / 0-)

    about as backward and irrelevant as North Korea. It is not surprising to see more regressive, pseudo-macho bullshit from the maffioso-in-chief; and to think, they USED to be considered a superpower.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:24:01 PM PDT

  •  No to the Olympics for me too. (0+ / 0-)

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