Put pressure on the Olympic Sponsors!

I’m writing today because I’m pissed off. I’m disappointed. I’m outraged!

Quote from AllOut.org:

Outrageous. The Olympic Committee just said they don’t think Russia is violating the Olympic Charter – even though Russians are facing anti-gay arrests, violent attacks, and exclusion.

Olympic host nations are supposed to obey seven principles and Principle 6 says discrimination of any kind is not allowed. But, the Olympic Committee is now acting like lesbian, gay, bi and trans people just don’t count.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made their stance on this crystal clear: They see no real problem with what’s going on in Russia. It’s an “internal affair” and the IOC will not call it what it is: state sanctioned discrimination, persecution and violence directed at the LGBT community.

If, like me, you are outraged by this cowardice on the part of the IOC, there are things you can do. You can send a message to Olympics President, Thomas Bach. You can sign petitions at Change.org. And all of this does actually matter!

Personally, though, I believe that we need to hurt the bottom line of the main Olympic sponsors. Therefore, I propose a boycott. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! If enough of us just buy one less meal at McDonald’s, or choose a drink other than those manufactured and sold by the Coca Cola Company, this week, they will feel it!

Olympic Sponsors

Some of the Olympic sponsors…

I’m not asking anyone to go hungry or thirsty if there are no other alternatives. I’m just asking you to consider the alternatives when available. I eat a lot of fast food and drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks, and I confess it would probably be close to impossible for me to change this quick enough to make a difference. But going without McD’s and Coke? Easy! In most cases, there are plenty of alternatives.

You don’t have to abstain 100%. Just choose alternatives when you can. And if you really want to make a change, tell the companies that you are boycotting them, and why! If enough of us put pressure on them by doing this, I believe they will put the necessary pressure on the IOC in their turn.

I’m tired of whining. I need to start doing something. And this? This is easy! But it still has the potential to actually affect a change and it’s worth doing!

Join the boycott on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/529227667155460/). Spread the word. Drink something else this week, buy a computer from a different manufacturer, do something.

Please, we need to do something….

Ashamed to be human

Today I saw a video on YouTube that made me cry. It made me feel dirty. It made me feel like Leeloo in The Fifth Element, researching war.

Ten military police officers beating two protesters

In the video, captured within the last couple of days, you can see Egyptian military police, armed with riot gear, savagely beating protesters. Beating them with their sticks. Kicking them while they are down. Stomping a woman in the chest while she is being dragged across the ground.

Military police officer stomps a woman in the chest

At one point, one of the “law enforcers” jumps, stomping down with both feet, on a man lying on his side.

Military police officer jumping on protester

These people are psychopaths, but I still wouldn’t want anyone to do to them what they are doing to these protesters. There are NO extenuating circumstances for these actions. There is NO excuse for beating someone like this. There is NO way to justify jumping on another human being!

How is this even fucking happening?!?

Today I am ashamed of being a human being…..



It’s been a few hours, I’ve calmed down a bit. Rationally, I know that shit like this goes on all the time. But reading or hearing about it just isn’t the same as seeing moving pictures. Seeing it happen makes it real on a whole new level. And it’s still so fucking wrong….