I love the Olympics… I was brought up watching them. Passionately rooting on the USA and our Athletes. As you all know I’m patriotic…. And while I don’t think the Olympics should be used for political purposes it’s a fact that they always have in modern days. I’m no Olympic Historian but this year, I have to take a stand…. I am boycotting the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 including any coverage or sponsors of it… obviously I won’t be able to not see anything of it, but I will not be supporting them in any way that I can… I completely support our Athletes, but not the IOC, Russia or even our own decision to attend. I’m sure there are other games that I should have boycotted as well but, as we grow, we learn and once we know better, we must do better. I have to walk the walk if I talk the talk… Principle Six of the Olympic Charter says any form of discrimination “is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” Yet there’s all kinds of discrimination and WORSE going on and NBC, the Government and others are brushing it under the carpet… I’ve cited multiple sources on this info and you can verify all of these claims via multiple sources…these are valid and I cannot support these things!!!!
Here are my reasons in no particular order ( they are all atrocious!!) for boycotting Sochi:
- LGBT Rights – I’m an advocate for equal rights for EVERYONE Period… Russia’s stance, statements, laws ( or lack thereof) and actions regarding the fair treatment of ALL individuals regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation etc….. bigotry, racism, persecution is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG… does it still happen globally – including the USA yes, but we FIGHT against it!! Humans with minds and true morals understand this…. And the Mayor of Sochi claims there are “Homosexuality is not accepted in his region and there are No gay people in his city”…screw you and your city…. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/russia-gay-propaganda/
2. Threats and real acts of terrorism in and around Sochi – Um Hello….. McFly ..is there anyone home??? This is an increasingly unstable political area with multiple extremist groups… some could argue that if we don’t do it there the terrorists win.. bullpuckey… the Terrorists will never win squat… they only win if you’re afraid, we’re not afraid to live our lives… but to blatantly go where they are currently blowing things and people up to prove that their God is better than someone elses God is ludacris….. every freaking “up and coming” terrorist/extremist is looking at this as the perfect opportunity to “strike”… why go there? Who’s brilliant plan was that? Who financed that decision?? Hmmmmm the (Modern) Olympic Games have NEVER been held in such an unstable region for a REASON…….http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/vac-verikaitis/terrorism-sochi-olympics_b_4682785.html
3. The Russian Ban on Americans adopting Russian orphans…… many with special needs…. For political purposes!!! http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/30/17504450-outrage-sadness-as-americans-barred-from-adopting-russian-children?lite
4. Russia’s support for the Assad Regime – Russia is Syria’s #1 Weapons supplier… to Assad…
5. Orcas… Orcas!!!!!!!! Capturing wild Orcas is WRONG WRONG WRONG… period end of discussion …..no debate, no arguments of any kind will be heard by me.. period.. http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Sochi+aquarium+display+killer+whales+during+Olympic+Games/9402021/story.html
6. Killing stray dogs so they aren’t an embarrassment to the country??!!! Really??? Give me a BREAK you can spend BILLIONS of dollars building the damn facility for the games, the aquarium for the Orcas you’re enslaving but you can’t build a freaking dog shelter??? I’m sure you wouldn’t even allow American’s to adopt your dogs!! Instead you hire a company to cull them, to shoot them in the street..shame on you!!
7. The “protest zone” …. First Putin said no protests or demonstrations would be allowed.. then after international pressure he agreed, but you have to have a permit ahead of time, and then there is 1 small area you can protest in…. here check out how much sense it makes… it’s completely hidden from public view and nowhere near the Olympic venues…… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NELkQLhgncU
8. We really , as the United States of America have to publicly announce that we have to have an extraction plan for our citizens…. A real one, not just plans, but ships and aircraft and troops on station to rescue our citizens…… really????? And we offered to help Russia with Security and Technology to protect our people and were basically told to screw off…….. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/25/22441142-us-ready-to-extract-citizens-from-sochi-olympics-hagel?lite
So, there you have it folks… those are some of the reasons why I am boycotting the Olympics in Sochi, NBC and all it’s coverage of them and the major sponsors products – those being: McDonalds and Coca-Cola…. I won’t be buying any of their products for the duration of the games and probably even longer…..( their terrible for me anyway LOL but it’s the principle!!) http://www.ctvnews.ca/sochi/protests-over-russian-anti-gay-laws-focus-on-sochi-ioc-and-olympic-sponsors-1.1665786#ixzz2sJ2gopAy
I hope for the first time that the Olympics , IOC, NBC and the sponsors lose money and viewers/ratings!!! But I doubt it, sadly I think some people are hoping for something bad to happen to see it “live” ..sick ..sick..sick… Not I…
I support the athletes and wish it could just be about the sports but it’s not… never had been, never will be…. I hope it turns out that contingency and extraction plans don’t have to be used, I wish for positivity and change in the minds of the narrow minded bigots, I pray that no one is injured or killed….
So tell me why you are watching? Or are you going to join me in a boycott? Or just let it all get brushed under the carpet and pretend it’s not real?
no matter your opinion please: