Contrary to what's been floating around the Internets, George Takei did not start a petition to boycott the Olympics because of Russia's despicable and dangerous actions against gays and lesbians. He had a much better, more feasible idea, and you can sign the petition here if you agree.
Last night he presented a very convincing argument for moving the games to Vancouver. Here are some excerpts from his segment on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.
In his latest blog post my next guest George Takei writes, "Nations are not judged merely on their might, but also by how they treat their most vulnerable. Russia's cynical and deplorable actions again the LGBT community have given license to hate groups within its borders to act with violence and impunity against a group based solely on whom they were born to love. It now seeks to spread that hate abroad through its tainted Olympics. the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans and move their 2014 winter Olympics out of Russia."
We must get it out of Russia. It is an untolerable [sic] situation. They've stated sternly that the laws will be enforced which has given license to hooligans and thugs to humiliate ...
It's a terrible situation. Vancouver can handle it. They have the facilities there, the hotel capacity, and I've been flooded with Canadians writing me saying, "We will embrace you with open arms, the Olympics."
It's the IOC that's got to stand up on this because they bear a huge responsibility. you know, there are athletes that are gays or lesbians and their supporters are gay or lesbians too and they are being put in danger; and if something horrific happens, and it's very likely given the kind of history of what's been happening there, the responsibility is great.
The IOC can move the Olympics out. There is enough time to do that yet.
I have to admit it. I'm a sucker for a good sporting event.
Internationally, it's what helps bring people together. That's why something like the Olympics is too important to politicize. Nations have built peace on friendships brokered through sports. Police and convicts have bonded in friendly games of football, soccer and softball. Gangs have even formed truces through sports. It's very important, and when you hear knuckle-brains like Lindsay Graham threatening to try to halt America's involvement in the Russia Winter Olympics, it just frosts me.
There is something I don't like about sports, though. Injuries. I've seen broken legs and arms in football, soccer, basketball and baseball. 20 bike wipeouts in the Tour de France. Flips and total 86's in skiing and skating. Even in marathons and don't get me started on the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Car crashes at NASCAR and smashing into the boards in hockey. I've seen knock outs in boxing and even people with huge knots in the foreheads getting hit by a wayward drive on a PGA Tour event. How about Greg Loughanis cracking his skull diving? It can happen.No sport is without it's famous injuries, or even worse, occassional fatalities. And if you're on the squimish side, as I tend to be, there's always that little lingering doubt of what might go wrong no matter what the sport. But I love sports. Perhaps it's the unpredictability.
So now comes youth Karate. I thought I'd seen it all until this bout began. Caution: You might just enjoy this "contact" sport.
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