The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee for help in making you annoying gays, and friends of gays, stop being so mean to them.
Apparently, Olympics sponsors, like Coke and McDonald’s, are getting a little uncomfortable having their name attached to games that are being increasingly compared to Hitler 1936 Nazi Olympics.
You see, all that international concern for the safety and well-being of Olympic athletes, guests and media, including gay and trans athletes, has apparently been a real downer for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
And now there are concerns that not enough people may attend, and that the corporate sponsors might not want their names associated with, oh I don’t know, an athlete with “Coke!” on his blazer being carted away by the Russian secret police because he hugged by husband.
So, Sochi is now begging the IOC -that has mishandled this disaster from the beginning – for help. From AP:
The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help “stop this campaign and this speculation” related to the anti-gay law that has been overshadowing preparations for next year’s Winter Games in Russia.
A senior IOC member, meanwhile, said sponsors are “afraid” of the fallout of possible demonstrations in Sochi.
“I think this could ruin a lot for all of us,” marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg said. “We have to be prepared.”
Daddy, make it stop!
You know what else could ruin a lot for all of us? Having our children taken away simply because we’re gay. Being kidnapped and tortured by vigilantes, with a wink and a nod from the Russian government, simple because we’re gay or trans.
And you what REALLY ruins your day? Being brutally beaten, stabbed, raped with a bottle and then set on fire, simply because your drinking buddies find our you’re gay.
Now THAT ruins your day.
Then again, we’re not the ones who told you to hold your little corporate PR-fest in an authoritarian country that doesn’t respect the basic human rights of its citizens, while you and Coke and McDonald’s give Vladimir Putin your stamp of approval.
So don’t talk to us about ruined days. We’ve had far more than you.
IOC officials also questioned Chernyshenko about what they perceived as a lack of media exposure of the Sochi Olympics as well as concerns over empty seats following Moscow’s world athletics championships last month that drew only small crowds.
“To my big surprise on the [Moscow] opening day with the president of the country present, the stadium was a third full despite promises of the organising committee,” said IOC member Alex Gilady, also a member of the athletics federation [IAAF] television commission.
“Moscow is of course 12-13 million people, Sochi is [much smaller]. Would it be in ice competitions or will they [spectators] get to the mountains in numbers to make TV happy?”
Gilady, a former NBC official, said empty seats would be a turnoff for viewers around the world.
“Why should I be the only idiot watching this?”, viewers would ask themselves, Gilady said.
I will thank the IOC and Sochi Olympics chief for one thing: Telegraphing to the world that this campaign is working, that we got their attention, that we got the attention of the advertisers, and thus, we get the attention of Vladimir Putin, who had hoped these games would be his crowning achievement.
Yeah, not so much.