How A Piece of Cloth Can Bring Solidarity To The Olympics In Sochi

wristbandForget dumping vodka, boycotting or moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi.

The solution is as simple as a piece of cloth.

If athletes both LGBT and their supporters would wear a rainbow wristband and/or headband during events and while in the Olympic Village that alone will speak more volumes than any protest of words and signs ever could.

Imagine athletes standing on award platforms and after the national anthem of the country which takes away the gold medal plays they pull back their sleeve to reveal a Rainbow wristband and put their arm high in the air to show a support of solidarity for Russian LGBTs.

At the closing of the Olympics as athletes walk into the stadium they put on and keep on a Rainbow headband. That image alone broadcast around the world will do more than any of the suggestions offered thus far over the outrage regarding Russian policy against LGBTs.

It’s so simple, costs next to nothing and I dare say the safest way to “demonstrate”. Afterall do you believe the Russian police will round-up all the “offenders” who do this in protest. I think not.

Yes there is a way to protest Russia’s policy. Defiant yet non-aggressive.

Something which both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Gandhi would approve of.

Common sense and simplicity are often the answer to champion a cause.

Move The 2014 Olympics Another Example Why The World Hates US

anti-usMany here is the United States see the world through rose-tinted glasses. They believe that all around the world see US are the great leader in economics, political agenda and social matters. But truth be told in many a nation average citizens regard us as frauds and bullies pushing our agenda on others and I’m not talking about Muslim countries.

Let’s take for example this call which started here with moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia to Canada because of anti-gay policiesĀ in Russia and look at one microcosm of how it will affect people. That microcosm being broadcasting.

To hear George Takei and now others tell it, it will be next to nothing to relocate the Olympics this after several years of preparation on the part of NBC Sports and other TV networks and news agencies from around the world. Yes around the world as you see NBC Sports isn’t the only entity which will be reporting and broadcasting the events. Pick a country which has athletes participating and you will find an organization both large and small which will report prior to, during and after the Olympics are over. The logistics of doing this is not done in a week, month or a couple. Investment, both time and money, in building facilities and all which go with it creating an enviroment to provide coverage isn’t as simple as flicking a switch. Whether those facilities are still available in Vancouver is a mere side thought, if a thought at all, for those who say “move it”.

It is so easy for someone to stand on a soapbox and to start proclaiming good vs evil without much forethought of how to accomplish the goal. That of course is left to others to languish over.

As yet as I can find there aren’t commentaries coming from broadcast or news agencies around the world about this simplistic solution to punish Russia. But given time and if it starts to take on credibility as being, rest assure there will be.

It’s time those in the US learn the sun does not rise and fall on it alone, nor does the world revolve around the whims, and sometimes stupid at that, of Americans.

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