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George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws

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  1. I FULLY sympathise with the athletes who do not want a ban. But what is the problem with moving the games elsewhere? This action SHOULD be taken to show Putin and his dictatorship henchmen that the civilized world is disgusted and horrified by ANY attempt to marginalise and victimise any minority.

  2. Jock S. Trap 9 Aug 2013, 2:23pm

    I completely agree. These games should be moved and moved Now!

  3. well this makes a lot more sense than pressuring individual athletes to withdraw

    i agree something has to be done, and i think it is the responsibility of governments / pressure groups to do that

  4. I applaud the athletes for their desire and hopes of setting an example. I appreciate the hard work and sacrifices made. Are the sacrifices of the LGBT community any less significant, for they did not choose these sacrifices? Did Jesse Owen’s wins in Berlin do anything to dissuade Hitler? No, and the ability to show case Germany in all it’s grandeur, only emboldened him. People say Putin is not Hitler. Hitler in the beginning was not to the naked eye, the Hitler at the end. The world said nothing, nothing, and millions of Jews, Gays, the mentally and physically disabled and others were lead to torture and slaughter. Are we going to let history repeat itself? Eighty years late and that is exactly what has begun.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_homosexuals_in_Nazi_Germany_and_the_Holocaust

    Does anyone think that Russia wouldn’t dare? Their past says otherwise and many of their leaders are from Russia’s not to distant past.

  5. While an admirable idea (moving the games), it is important to be realistic.

    The Vancouver venue is no longer up to par for receiving the quantity of guests that would be required. The olympic village has been converted and sold as condos. It took more than a year to find volunteers and train them for the event.

    And probably most importantly, Vancouver has no interest in saddling itself with yet another olympic debt. Hosting olympic games, as London should well know, is a very expensive proposition.

    That said, if the international olympic community decided to pitch in and help PAY for the displaced games, then it might actually be a starting point.

  6. Nancy Lea 9 Aug 2013, 4:49pm

    George T is becoming my hero! People like me can talk ourselves blue in the face in support of our LGBT friends and family-members, but, somebody like George speaks up, and people LISTEN! I don’t see how they could move the games easily, tho. Russia needs to start a campaign to change hearts and minds (I know something about the average Russian’s attitude..it’s BAD) and guarantee the safety of the LGBT atheletes participaing.

    1. Nancy Lea 9 Aug 2013, 4:54pm

      I’d really like to know why this was not taken into consideration when picking the host-country during that process???

      1. They hadn’t passed the laws they have now then, however they still abused human rights. These sporting events go to the country with the biggest and best bribes. Who knows why anyone sane wants to pay to win the bid, then pay to host the things, when they usually leave behind debt and deprivation in their wake. Probably because of more back handers and bribes

  7. Cameron's double standards 10 Aug 2013, 10:48am

    If it was racism it would be different but homophobia doesn’t matter as much, right?

  8. Kristyana Finch 10 Aug 2013, 5:18pm

    I would suggest that we email sponsors of the Olympics. Those that provide the funding will certainly be concerned at the thought that association with the Olympics could damage their busines. The threat to the money would quickly get the IOCs attention and more importantly action.

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