Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stephen Fry Blogs On Russia

As the situation in Russia gets worse every day, more and more are weighing in on the issue of LGBT tyranny, written into actual law and practiced as we watch on YouTube. 
Stephen Fry, actor and blogger, has written his feeling about it, comparing it to Hitler standing over the Olympics in 1936 while harboring the same sort of treatment for Jewish people. 

He claimed they “polluted” the purity and tradition of what it was to be German, that they were a threat to the state, to the children and the future of the Reich. He blamed them simultaneously for the mutually exclusive crimes of Communism and for the controlling of international capital and banks. He blamed them for ruining the culture with their liberalism and difference.

It’s yet another example of old arguments being used today against the LGBT Community, pretty much the last minority to which these kinds of atrocities can be attached without the world rising up at once to protest and stop it. 

Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians. Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law. Any statement, for example, that Tchaikovsky was gay and that his art and life reflects this sexuality and are an inspiration to other gay artists would be punishable by imprisonment.

And while we have all seen the constant online campaign to boycott Stoli Vodka, which is actually pro LGBT and not a Russian company (although they do still procure some ingredients from Russia), the argument to boycott the Olympics is, of course, a tougher one, although one that would actually have an effect.

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.

With the Olympics so close at hand, I don’t see them being boycotted, although I would vote for that to happen. The athletes will suffer, yes, and that’s too bad. But we occasionally have to look at the bigger picture.

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