What pops into your mind when you think of it? For me, I think..
Unity, inspiration, honour and respect.
The Olympics is meant to be a time where people from all over the world come together, and celebrate sporting achievements. A time where people put aside any misgivings they may have when it comes to religious beliefs, and treat everyone as an equal.
The Sochi Olympics is the total opposite. It’s being hosted by a country that is run by a homophobic dictator, who also happens to be an absolute ****.
Right now, there are people who are being abducted from the street or lured and kidnapped under the pretence that they’re going on a date. They then are physically, mentally and violently abused and made to be ashamed of who they are, while their assailants and the police officers look on, and enjoy total impunity.
You all know me – you know that I’m a nice girl and I’d do anything for my family and friends. I will bend over backwards for you, I’d fight for you if you felt like you couldn’t, I’d be there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to celebrate with, or just to sit in silence with.
If you asked me what would be the pinnacle of happiness for me, I’d say it would be sitting with my wife in our garden, watching our children run about, eating good food and drinking wine with our friends, playing games and watching the fireworks. That’s what I want – a family, a wife who’d do anything for me and vice versa, children who at times will most probably be annoying *******s – but that’s ok, cuz they’re my children. I’ll love them unconditionally – no matter what. Because that’s love. That’s family. That’s my core values, my fundamental beliefs.
Well, in Russia, for wanting that, I’d be tied up, beaten up, and tortured. I’d be forced to announce that I’m ashamed of who I am and that I should die. I’m a disgusting person that should rot in hell. They’d beat up my wife, taunt my children and rip my family apart. I’d be on par with criminals, paedophiles and rapists.
Do you think that’s right..?
I believe in freedom of speech and that everyone has the right to have their own opinion. Some people don’t agree with homosexuality, and that’s ok. That’s their opinion. I don’t agree with Marmite, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go around kidnapping and beating every single person that eats it.
We all are different, that’s a given. We come in different sizes, shapes and ethnicities. But there’s one thing that’s the same – we’re all human.
We have feelings, we love, we care, we nurture and we live.
I am taking a stand against the Sochi Olympics – I refuse to watch it. It won’t make the slightest difference to them, I know.. but for me, I can’t stand by and watch the Olympics when I know what they’re doing to people. What they’re doing is inhumane – they’re abusing people’s human rights.
So. I say..
Пошел ты, Путин, и трахнул свою Олимпиаду.
Fuck you, Putin, and fuck your Olympics.