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Being a snow bunny from Vermont I love the winter Olympics much more than the summer viariety, but not this year.

I know I wrote a diary defending a Coca Cola advert against the wingnut universe, but that does not mean that I cannot overlook their products for other reasons.

Not only will my partner and myself be ignoring completely the Winter Olympics; but we will also be ignoring products from the companies in the link below

http://www.sochi2014.com/...

I have no wish to support Putin in his authoritarian, misogynist and bigoted ramblings.

So I am not calling for a boycott, just stating our position and hope some others will also take the decision to ignore.

Originally posted to LaFeminista on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:10 AM PST.

Also republished by The Wide World of Sports.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The winter olympics have never interested me (10+ / 0-)

    and never more so than this year .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:13:47 AM PST

  •  i am not watching as well. to combat my jonesing, (11+ / 0-)

    i am posting my favorite moments of Winter Games past on my facebook page - one a day...

    i figured i'd try to have a little fun...

    if any athletes have a great performance, i'm sure someone will upload vid to youtube... but i'm not watching any of the official stuff through any of the official avenues...

    "Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are." ~St Augustine "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." ~Charles Beard

    by poligirl on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:27:49 AM PST

  •  I am, but to be critical (12+ / 0-)

    Since I did the whole run up to Sochi, I figure I should keep commenting, and when NBC does stuff like leaving out Thomas Bach's remarks recapping Principle 6, they deserve to be criticized for it.

    Watching so you don't have to, pretty much.

  •  Yes, but (4+ / 0-)

    I miss Steve Kornacki and Melissa Harris Perry!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:41:58 AM PST

  •  I like the Winter Olympics. (10+ / 0-)

    Having them in Vancouver when I lived in the PNW was very exciting.

    This year's games are a farce.  Citizens were permantly displaced from their homes; dogs euthanized; courses are unsafe; free speech squelched; surveillance of all tourists and probably the athletes; and let's not forget the LGBT thing too, because yes, althletes and tourists should be terrified of being imprisoned for no damn good reason.

    A celebration of peace, brotherhood, goodwill?  What a joke.

    The IOC should be ashamed.

    I don't know who is advertising during the games because we won't watch a single minute, I think, for the first time in my life.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:45:10 AM PST

    •  I love the Winter Olympics, but I am not watching (2+ / 0-)
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      bakeneko, wintergreen8694

      a second of it.

      How the IOC could have made SUCH a blunder is the question.

      And this notion of killing dogs (regardless of country, and this has happened in several) just infuriates me. If it's a problem, build a flippling shelter instead of handing billions over to a thief, liar and cruel government.

      I am incensed.  I don't blame the Russian people, but Putin stinks.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:18:17 PM PST

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  •  Not watcher here. (7+ / 0-)

    And I love the Winter Olympics. Watched them all my life. But there is something about this one that has that feel of Berlin 1936 to it. Although those Olympics produced many American heroes, and this one may, I think a message needs to be sent from the global community to Russia that it is skating on thin ice and they are missing a ring or two when it comes to transmitting the Olympic spirit.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:45:34 AM PST

  •  Enjoy this though (3+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, NapaJulie, True North

    From the UK's Channel 4.

    "Come to Sochi, visit the gay clubs and play with the bears" - NOT a Russian advertising slogan.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:52:07 AM PST

  •  I haven't deliberately watched the Olympics (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, NapaJulie

    since 1976.

    And I definitely won't be watching any of this iteration for the reasons noted above.

    BBC Radio Five Live football/soccer keeps any sports need satiated.

    Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as shall never be put out.

    by Bollox Ref on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 11:00:54 AM PST

  •  winter olympics (1+ / 0-)
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    orestes1963

    Boycotting ("not watching") the Winter Olympics because you don't like Putin or Russia is the least valid reason that I can think of for not watching.  How about boycotting because the modern Olympic games are a gigantic scam, where ego-driven athletes are  exploited for gain by wealthy business owners, where huge graft is normal, and where ultimately the only reason for them is to make money for elites, while the citizens of the unfortunate cities and countries sponsoring are forced to pick up the tab? .  Pretty far from the original ideal, if you ask me.  I nearly vomit every time some shot from the Olympics comes on the screen, or some mellifluous paean from a member of the International Olympic Committee is aired voicing support for high ideals which they have no intention of promoting or supporting.  Isn't it a pretty good indication of the tainted nature of the whole enterprise that Mitt Romney rode to its rescue in Utah?  If you insist on watching, my advice to you is to watch your wallet, they're coming for it.  

  •  I'm watching every minute I can (5+ / 0-)

    in spite of the "shocking" graft and corruption inherent in any enterprise of this sort.  In spite of "ego-driven athletes...  exploited for gain by wealthy business owners, where huge graft is normal, and where ultimately the only reason for them is to make money for elites, while the citizens of the unfortunate cities and countries sponsoring are forced to pick up the tab?"

    Because there are individual athletes who inspire me and the possibility of the true meaning of the Olympic spirit seeping into the games in spite of the rampant cynicism I see here.

    Putin's a monster.  No doubt.  But I admire and respect the Russian people, their culture and all the "cool runners" who have overcome great odds to be able to call themselves Olympians.  Essentialism is a two-way street.

    The President doesn't have a magic wand.

    by CJB2012 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 11:58:25 AM PST

  •  The hatelympics? Nah, no use for 'em. (0+ / 0-)

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 11:58:55 AM PST

  •  I gave up paying attention to sports (1+ / 0-)
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    GAS

    about the same time I gave up watching TV, nearly 30 years ago. So ignoring the Olympics is SOP for me.

    -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

    by Wreck Smurfy on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:09:32 PM PST

  •  I'm not watching either, but I (0+ / 0-)

    never have.  If I did, I wouldn't watch this year for all of the same reasons that you aren't.  Your angst is valid.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:26:14 PM PST

  •  Me, too (2+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, orestes1963

    Of course, when Putin's thugs starting wailing on gays and shooting dogs, while wearing the Coke logo, the numbnuts will be pro-Coke. They'll think that's the biathlon. And be damn glad we ain't got no gayathlon.

    It's Winter in Northern New England. Where surfing is a Winter sport.

    Skiing down a snowy hill is easy, try driving up one. Without your sissy all wheel drive. Curling? Don't need a broom to butt slide down an icy sidewalk. Luge? Downhill on a cafeteria tray, or a piece of cardboard, anyone?

    With all due respect to the athletes who have trained for these games, the Olympics have become a made-for-TV and corporate sponsors travesty. The coverage of the actual competition takes a back seat to commercials, studio yammering, and extraneous "features".

    These Olympics, in particular, has made a mockery of the Games' expressed ideals. They are not a celebration of athleticism, cultural, world peace and brotherhood, or anything else.

    I'd have to hold my nose to watch them, and I'd rather not do that. I have snow to shovel.

    Peace on Earth was all it said.

    by BobBlueMass on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:40:00 PM PST

  •  I fully respect your reasoning (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694

    and I do mostly avoid the prime-time main network coverage because it's just too sickening. But I confess I'm too much of a fan of some of the sports - cross-country, biathlon, speed skating etc - to pass on the very rare opportunity to see some top-level competition in them.

    Oh and I admit I watched the opening ceremony - an absolutely stunning tour-de-force in the art of propaganda.  The masterful way Putin's agenda of authoritarianism and historical revision was woven throughout, and the emotional power of the visual imagery in support of that narrative were something to behold.

    "That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything ... There would be no place to hide." - Senator Frank Church

    by jrooth on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:15:58 PM PST

  •  I LOVE the Olympics, winter and summer (1+ / 0-)
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    CJB2012

    and I'll be watching the Sochi games for the next two weeks. I am watching them right right now.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:19:23 PM PST

  •  Too bad (1+ / 0-)
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    CJB2012

    You're missing some amazing performances, especially in the figure skating.

    The MSM is doing its very best trying to make the Olympics about politics. Sorry to see so many Kossacks following suit.

  •  I'm with you (0+ / 0-)

    It is corrupt beyond belief. It is like watching a football game at a Klan rally.

    “He talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans.” James Carville

    by Mokislab on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:59:04 PM PST

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