But that's not what I want to write about. I want to write about Russia. I think that what's happening in Russia probably wouldn't have garnered such huge attention if it weren't for the Sochi Winter Olympics. I'm unsure of my opinion on whether a country with such dangerous attitudes towards homosexuality should be allowed to host such an important international event and I can certainly understand why certain gay athletes have decided to boycott the event. I think I probably would if I was a gay athlete. I think my main issue is that the Winter Olympics is providing such a corrupt government with a huge amount of money right now. And there's the concern that once the Winter Olympics are over and the world's attention is no longer fixated on Putin's law which prohibits the "propaganda of non traditional sexual relationships to minors", that Russia's gay community will slip out of public consciousness and things could potentially get much, much worse.
But then again, with America refusing to send the current President, his First Lady or even a past President to the Winter games for the first time in well forever, as well as many European countries failing to send their President or Prime Minister, could the world manage to make a stand strong enough to get through to Putin? And let's not forget the power of advertising.
In America, several of the Olympic sponsors have put out ads featuring gay couples. Chevrolet, for example, featured a gay couple with a son and daughter in an ad titled "The New Us"
Anyway, I apologise for this somewhat rambling, disjointed rant of a post but there were just a few thoughts I wanted to get out into the blogosphere. If any of you have anything to add don't hesitate to leave a comment :)