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US Olympic Committee: Russia anti-gay laws are are wrong but must still be respected

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  1. Because of fear or reprisals. Exactly what the law set out to do

    1. Respect is completely the wrong word. Tolerate would be better, if you are going to go there.

      Better still, don’t go, then you don’t need to respect them or tolerate them.

  2. So another straight org makes a pretty speech about the badness of homophobia laws, but ultimately demands people support them

    1. Just like they told their black athletes when they went to South Africa during apartheid. You will have to use the dirty facilities at the back, but please respect their laws.

      Oh hang on a minute! They didn’t go there did they. Wasn’t South Africa boycotted?

  3. A totally illogical and incomprehensible position. I’m lost for words!

    1. Totally logical actually. Go to a foreign country and FOLLOW their laws. Respect in this context means follow, NOT revere.

      You expect them to advise their members to break the law? It doesn’t matter if you agree with the law or not, no governing body is going to advise its members to break the law.

      If you are going to down vote have the balls to comment as well. To not do so would be cowardly.

      1. Then say follow, don’t say respect.

        1. Just because you don’t understand simple English it doesnt mean they should dumb down.

      2. barriejohn 17 Aug 2013, 7:30pm

        He says that the law is “inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements”, but expects athletes taking part in the games to comply with it. How on earth can that be logical? Either they break the law or they contravene the code of the Olympic Games – there’s no way out, other than to move the games to a country whose laws coincide with the Olympic ethos.

  4. U. S. Olympic Committee gives a perfect example of putrid cowardice. Cowardice is a trait wherein fear and excess self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. As a label, “cowardice” indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge.

    “Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  5. Jock S. Trap 17 Aug 2013, 11:58am

    Not good enough.

    How do we teach to respect by disrespecting? It makes no sense.

    Yes it does go against the Olympic principles which is why protests should and no doubt will happen.

    What the US Olympic Committee has said basically is yes, violence is happening but hey we’ll just turn a blind eye.


    1. Respect mean follow in this context, you have misunderstood.

      If you are going to down vote have the balls to comment as well. To not do so would be cowardly.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Aug 2013, 11:59am

    Waste of time making comments then, USOC if you can’t back it up with action. To hell with the IOC rules. They’re both complicit by doing nothing! Cowards!

  7. Jock S. Trap 17 Aug 2013, 11:59am

    Also have to point out that this law came in well after Russia won the Olympic bid so in effect the games were set by false standards.

  8. Chris Quinton 17 Aug 2013, 12:04pm

    Respect? No, *never*. Comply, yes. They have no choice other than to boycott.

    1. Respect DOES mean comply in this context.

      1. It is a dangerous use of the word as it has two meanings. Best not to use it at all. Comply would be better and say far more about what we in the west think. It would also send the right message of support to gay Russians.

        1. Its simple English, maybe they didnt expect people to be so easily confused. I guess there is a lesson there.

  9. Hypocricy? What exactly is the point of having ideals if you just accept violation of them and SAY NOTHING? I think this is foolish. This looks really bad now, and can only get worse, and there is a strong possibility of amuch bigger debacle later. Do the simple easy decent thing and move Canada.

  10. The IOC and all those involved with it are tarnished beyond belief. They demand that athletes follow the rules regarding protest and even threaten them with punishment if they dare to speak about the abuse of LGBT people during the games, all while ignoring that the host country has since implemented laws which contradict the founding principles of their charter. The IOC is a f*cking joke.

    The games will go ahead, the IOC will forever be tarnished by this, the athletes will be picked out for their support or their lack of spine, there will be protests, and people will likely be arrested.

    The IOC will probably end up punishing athletes who do speak out, thereby destroying the support for their organization further.

    In a way, I’m glad it’s going ahead, and I hope there are numerous protests and numerous arrests too. I hope that reports of violence and police brutality spread around the world. That will do more to shame Russia and the IOC than anything else.

  11. What a total cop out!!…. just sit at the back of the bus my personal sports career is more important than Gays and Jews!!!

  12. Wow! What a shocking result. The time it took for their lawyers to sift through the Olympic charter and find a way of justifying the go ahead isn’t a surprise at all. Anyone else notice the difference between the attitude towards Russia and the attitude towards South Africa? Hypocrites?

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Aug 2013, 1:00pm

    And of course, the major corporations have to make a huge profit no matter if human rights are being abused. A world-wide LGBT boycott of Coca Cola, McDonalds and all the major players might make them think twice.

  14. This is the wrong message! If this was the attitude that we adopted all the time we’d still have slavery, women wouldn’t be able to vote, gay people would be persecuted still in the West… Jews wouldn’t exist! Shame on the USOC and their statement of appeasement.

  15. Derek Williams 17 Aug 2013, 1:19pm

    Respect a law that declares to the world that we are dangerous to children, when millions of us are raising children, and were once children ourselves?

    I think not.

    1. This anti-gay Russian law will be killing many gay children and let’s not forget to remind everyone of it.

  16. Russia needs to say goodbye to the games if it cannot comply with Olympic principles, this must surely be self evident to everybody.

    Move the games to Vancouver or the whole event will be tainted.

    1. Or “children growing up gay” is perhaps a better way to put it.

  17. Yes, and just how many gay members does the committee have? I’m sure it has some, but they are obviously hiding in the closet. Anyway, I’m sure the 1936 committee said exactly the same thing.

  18. Hm…
    If Russia had some anti-semitic laws, laws against black people (anything racist), wouldn’t athletes be allowed to say what they think, either? Or would all those olympic committees boycott this sh*t? Or would they say “We disagree with the racist laws but don’t you say anything?”

  19. I dont think most of you understand what is meant by ‘Respect’.
    They dont mean respect as in like or revere, they mean respect as in follow or comply.
    Do you really expect them to tell you to go and break they law in the foreign country?

    1. Um.. (so far) 6 down votes about an obvious correction about the use of language. I guess people don’t like to be corrected.

      Again, do you expect a major governing body to tell you to go to a foreign country and break the law on purpose? If you do, you are an idiot. This isnt about whether the law is right or wrong.

      1. Jock S. Trap 17 Aug 2013, 5:00pm

        Who are you to ‘correct’ personal opinion?

        1. Its not opinion im correcting, its your understanding of the language. It seems you still havent seen the error.

          Respect does not mean ‘like’ in this context, it means comply. Do no break the law, that is all they said, they never said you should like it.

          Its the same context as in respecting a poisonous snake. You dont have to like it, but if you dont respect it, it will bit you.

          1. The definition of stubbornness is doing the same thing time and again and expecting it to turn out different.
            To use respect in this context was dumb!

  20. .....Paddyswurds 17 Aug 2013, 2:27pm

    ……” but has also urged athletes to “respect the laws of the host country”……by staying at home.Because if you do go you will be mocked ostracised and shunned by the Free world wide GLBT community. You will be hoping to make money from any medals you win by apperaing for commercial concerns to advertise their products. Well you can be assured that if you go and show your support for these vile anti gay laws we, the GLB community, where most of your sponsorship comes from, will boycott you and any company that uses your image or name. as George W Bush said, “You are either with us or agin us”……..!! It’s up to you THE GLB WORLD IS WATCHING…. Anyone wishing to copy and repost this feel free….

    1. Im sorry, but as vile as these laws are do you really expect people to throw away YEARS of work and almost their entire careers over this? I dont think you understand how critical and important the Olympics is to athletes.

      I wouldnt blame any athlete for going, its the IOC that is to blame, the Olympics should never have gone their in the first place.

      1. .....Paddyswurds 17 Aug 2013, 9:51pm

        And they need to know how important equal rights are to us. They can go if they wish, it is not within our power to stop them but what is within our power is the pink £ and that they rely on quite heavily They needn’t expect any respect or support from the gay community when they come back and any company using their name or image likewise. I read on pink news today that Cocoa Cola and McDonalds have urged no boycott of the Sochi games. Fine. but we can boycott Cocoa Cola and McDonalds and that we can do quite effectively. I know I will for the rest of my life not buy Coke or the vile McDonald rubbish and will speak against it as much as possible. That goes for any who tacitly support anti gay laws in Russia….

  21. “The statements were tweeted by USOC Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandhurst on Friday.”

    I say, are you sure that last name isn’t a typo, Pink News? Besides, since when have cringe-worthy appeasers been Sandhurst material?! Affording ‘respect’ to the 2013 Sochi Homophobic Russia Olympic Games is just not cricket.

  22. GingerlyColors 17 Aug 2013, 2:46pm

    Would the US Olympic Committee suggest the the laws in Iran should be respected even though they are wrong if the Winter Olympics were hosted in the mountains north of Tehran?
    Didn’t the USA lead the 66 nation boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan?
    Cop out!

    1. Yes they would. Boycotting is a separate issue entirely. All government agencies and governing bodies tell you that if you go to a foreign country that you must respect (i.e follow) the laws in that country.

  23. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Aug 2013, 3:35pm

    This is what the IOC would have to respect too.

  24. That There Other David 17 Aug 2013, 4:32pm

    So let’s recap. Apartheid was wrong and resulted in a sporting boycott. However, forcing LGBT people to live in hiding under threat of state-sponsored violence must be respected.

    F**king hypocrites. Mind you, considering they still gave Russia the Olympics despite how they’ve treated Chechens why would any of us be surprised?

    1. When F1 goes to the Middle East they dont spray alcoholic Champagne on the podium, thats respecting (following) the law. To not do would render you liable to arrest, imprisonment and deportation. No governing body in its right mind is going to encourage its members to do that.

      Now Boycotting is a separate issue. should they? Probably yes, will they? No, so in that case they will make this obvious statement.

      1. Nazi-esque laws designed to silence and oppress a vulnerable minority VS a law to stop spraying an expensive bottle of champagne in celebration because Islam doesn’t like alcohol… not quite the same thing is it?

        1. No, but the point stands. No governing body is going to encourage its members to break the law. They are telling their members to both follow IOC rules (no political statements) and follow local laws in order to avoid legal issues.

          Apart from a boycott, what exactly did you expect them to say?

          1. How about, “in the interests of upholding the tattered rag of the worthless Olympic brand we are moving this money making racket to Canada so the majority of the dear “sportspeople” who crave medals and business sponsorship don’t have to compromise their almost non-existent ethics?” The Olympics are sinking like the Titanic after ramming the Russian ice-burg.

          2. Sarabia..Oh please. Dont talk such rubbish. I doubt you have ever worked so hard for anything in your entire life as these Athletes have. Most are not rich, having only just enough money to be able to give up a job and train full time.
            How bitter and deluded you sound.

          3. You know nothing about me at all so don’t project your own inadequacies you arrogant prick. I know all too well the “athletes” in that racket, the majority of whom are self obsessed with their own particular “sport”. There are others who see it for what it is which is a business and ultimately a nice little earner. The dog and pony political / big business enterprise the Olympics undeniably is care little or nothing for anything but the continuation and growth of that business. As for the LGBT victims of Russian murderous oppression so far as the Olympics and most sportspeople go they couldn’t give a damn so long as it doesn’t interfere with business.

      2. barriejohn 17 Aug 2013, 7:38pm

        People are not obliged to consume alcohol as a matter of principle. You have missed the point completely. As I have said above, on his own admission the Russian law is “inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.” so how can Olympic athletes be expected to adhere to it? A ban on alcohol doesn’t come into this category – though human rights abuses might well do if F1 bosses had any principles!

  25. Cowards, the lot of them!!! People think we’re the “weak” ones but we have more balls then they ever will.

  26. Money Money Money…IOC obviously do not take the issue as seriously, because they would move it, but it costs money.

    Russia should NOT be allowed to have the olympics! PERIOD! If they can not accept all, then they do not deserve it.

    Even if I am the only one, I am having nothing to do with the Olympics, I will not watch, endorse, speak of, nothing. I hope many others will do the same.

    I am ashamed at the IOC for allowing it to continue. Obviously they do not care.

  27. Absolute bull, I won’t be respectful to those who won’t treat me with respect. It is as simple as that… As many homosexual people have felt how horrible it is to be mistreated. Just last night someone called me a poofter for the way I dressed, which tbh wasn’t overtly screaming out I’m gay… Why should I tolerate such behavior? It is childish! And quite frankly left me in a mood half of the day today, and that is only a minor incident…

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