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Ian Mckellen: If we boycotted the Olympics in Russia, they wouldn’t take place anywhere

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  1. Mihangel apYrs 26 Sep 2013, 2:11pm

    in honesty, this man’s opinion is worth as much (or little) as anyone else’s, except he has profile.

    It’s nice when celebs say the things we want them to, but they are no better iinformed than anyone else

    1. But more people will hear him, only a few people will hear us. So we need people like McKellen to speak up. I think if the games were cancelled, Russia would blame it all on gay people and use them as scapegoats. I think it would become even worse for them, if that’s even possible.

  2. Helen Kalmár 26 Sep 2013, 2:30pm

    But Sir Ian isn’t that what politics is all about, fighting for what you believe in. If the Olympics don’t take place then so be it. I am sure something good will come out of it but you have given into to Russia which is just as appalling

    1. I simply don’t see the problem with MOVING them – to somewhere they’ve been held before and which already has the facilities. The point would be WELL & TRULY made to Russia and the athletes would still get to compete.

      1. At first I supported a boycott, but after more thought about it, I’d now be afraid that gay people in Russia would be used as scapegoats and blamed for it all if they were moved elsewhere. The rest of the world should camp the games up and embarrass the Russian government and the bigots they’ve allowed to freely run riot on gay people.

  3. Quote: “IOC Co-ordination Committee Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy dismissed concerns over Russian anti-gay legislation. “As long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied,” he said”
    Paragraph 6 of the IOC’s ‘Fundamental Principles of Olympism” states: “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic
    Movement.”
    I’ve said this elsewehere on here … Heterosexuals have not been targetted for special attention under any laws regarding ‘promotion’. Therefore, Russia is in DIRECT contravention of the IOC’s rules and should be kicked out of the Olympic movement, forthwith.

  4. The Olympics should never have been given to Russia in the first place. What’s next Pyongyang?

  5. Could it be Sir Ian that finally the time has come to accept that the Olympics are nothing but a sham so far as their worthless Charter is concerned? This is a cynical business spinning a PR campaign to maintain the lie that it is more than a money making machine. They couldn’t give a two-penny damn about equality so long as the money keeps flowing in.

  6. Boycott Ian Mckellan, etc

  7. “Fall fowl” made me chuckle. getting clucky?

    1. de Villiers 26 Sep 2013, 5:38pm

      I thought that.

  8. Sausage Jizz 26 Sep 2013, 4:48pm

    This man is in no position to pontificate about anything. Once well respected his opinion is now irrelevant. His involvement in the reprehensible and viciously homophobic sitcom alongside Derek Jacobi renders both men unsuitable and ineligible to comment on gay issues.

    1. de Villiers 26 Sep 2013, 5:45pm

      And I suppose that you are the one to decide who is relevant and who is not, my silly sausage? Thank you for that. Perhaps we should also thank you for deciding for the rest of us who is eligible and who is ineligible to comment on gay issues. Perhaps you could sit on a special appointed board to decide who could make comments on gay matters and who could not. What would we do without your help!

      Perhaps, however, you could tell us what more you have done for gay rights than Ian Mckellan before belittling his work and reputation.

  9. GulliverUK 26 Sep 2013, 5:24pm

    The answer is time, and there is plenty of time if the IOC grow a pair and ‘postpone’ the Sochi Winter games until February 2015. That would give everyone time to assess if they should go ahead, or go ahead elsewhere. They do not absolutely have to take place at Sochi in February 2014, there are … options. Delaying them isn’t a boycott, it won’t stop athletes attending in 2015, it gives everybody breathing room, a time to reflect on whether another these rules do break the IOC charter – and it’s not just for the IOC to decide that.

  10. TO MUCH BACKGROUND NOISE TO EVEN BOTHER LISTENING

  11. Marianne Davids 27 Sep 2013, 8:32am

    “the spirit of the Olympics must take precedent”

    Seriously McKellan?!

    The spirit of corporate branding, nationalism and political grandstanding, must take precedent over human rights?

    Without clear action such as a boycott, Olympics (especially if it goes off without protest or hitch) will be a legitimising event for Putin and his anti-human rights.laws.

  12. We should just make them the campest games ever. Have our competitors wearing something clearly showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community. And in the crowd, lots of banners, lots of pink and glitter and drag queens and drag kings… You get the picture.

  13. that is “fall foul” btw

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