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Olympic Official Says U.S. Delegation is Too Gay

1988 Seoul OlympicsWhoops, someone at the Olympics seems to have gone a little off-message this week.

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),” Mario Pescante told a committee. “The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

Later, he added, “I just wanted to make the point not to let politics interfere with the Olympics.”

This is a common refrain from Olympic apologists: the event should be about sports, sports, and sports, never about anything else.

This is, of course, a bizarre fantasy. The idea that they have somehow created an event that is immune to politics — well, no such event has ever existed and never will. Saying “it’s not political” doesn’t make it true.

Besides which, as “political” stunts go, arranging for three highly-qualified LGBT athletes to appear together in public is a pretty mild demonstration.

Pescante, by the way, has in the past arranged talks between Israeli and Palestinian Olympic officials. Nothing political about that.

 

H/t: HuffPo

By:           matt baume
On:           Jan 16, 2014
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  • 32 Comments
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      Let the self-righteous outrage begin…

      Jan 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      That perfect apoliticality is impossible does not make it an invalid goal, and the attempt to set aside politics is *supposed* to be the reason the Olympics exist at all.

      Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with sending the delegation chosen.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alterego1980
      alterego1980

      The Olympics especially are inherently political by the way the sites/host countries are chosen. The selection committee is political, the governments of the host countries fight for them for political gain and so on right down the line. Every step in the process is political. Mr. Pescante (which pretty much means ‘fish dip’) is either naive, homophobic or both and I’m pretty sure of the latter. But that’s OK, the more people who stick their foot in their mouth on this is one more time everyone is reminded why we sent 4 homos in the first place. His ire should be at Russia, not the US. It’s a world stage for gay rights and human rights. I just hope those there will take the advantage!

      Jan 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Hey what about England’s gay athletes, like Tom Daley?!!?

      Jan 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • unbiasedparrot
      unbiasedparrot

      Boohoo Pescante. Suck it up!

      Jan 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robirob
      robirob

      The Olympics are no longer about sport and fairness. It’s all about commercial sponsorship and endorsement deals. It’s about doping yourself to the max without getting caught not just to win but to become some highly paid spokesperson for some products.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NG22
      NG22

      I’m so proud to be an American. So proud that we have a President who is actual standing up for our community’s rights when he didn’t have to. Particularly in an international context. There are many Republicans, some of whom want to be President, who think we shouldn’t tell other countries to bolster their gay rights. This administration has asserted that gay rights are human rights in a way no previous one ever has. Our community has many problems, our country has many problems, and our world has many problems. But this is a good thing: the fact that a European is complaining that the United States–the third most populous and most powerful country in the world–simply cares too much about supporting the global gay community. His outrage that we are too progressive, that we are using LGBT rights as a way to shame the Russian Federation for being too backward, provincial, and malicious… That outrage is everything. Because it means that our country has become a disruptive, controversial activist state.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NG22
      NG22

      @NG22: *actually

      Jan 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar
      jar

      @NG22: You must be young. Bill Clinton took much greater strides for our community, notwithstanding his DOMA cave. I am not a fan of the man, but your comment betrays a woeful lack of history. Let us not forget that the current president thought separate but equal was a-ok until it became apparent it would cause problems for his re-election.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      I wonder if it was the official’s human rights being violated, if he’d be so dismissive about human rights.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      Honestly..!!! Nothing is too gay…Harvey Milk is our M.L.K. and until we have the same rights as the breeders I say MAKE EVERYTHING SUPER GAY..!!!

      Jan 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      @AuntieChrist: When do we get our gay superhero?

      Jan 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AuntieChrist
      AuntieChrist

      @DShucking: Though it had been all-but-revealed for some time now, DC today officially confirmed the identity of its latest gay superhero: Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      @AuntieChrist: Oh right. I have the issue where the superhero gets married. But I want one of the big one’s. Batman should definitely have been reintroduced as gay or at least bisexual because it would have fit right in with hos conflict, dark vs light, good vs evil, living in two different worlds, having to be in hiding, etc.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @DShucking: it would have once. These days, no. A billionaire, especially, does not have to hide being gay.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      @hyhybt: Not entirely true but yeah, basically true. But I was thinking this both when the Tim Burton reboot started and then again when the Nolan reboot started. Also, there’s no reason at this point for James Bond not to have an affair with a male enemy. We’re supposed to believe he would do all sorts of things including killing someone in order to save the world but he wouldn’t be willing to have sex with a guy? Puhlease.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      @jar:

      No Clinton did not. And he signed off on DOMA, when he didn’t have to.

      He’s not a homophobe and he did appoint some major gay officials, but he didn’t go half as far as Obama. And I’ve lived through 9 US presidents (the first two were a bit hazy, though I remember Nixon’s resignation.)

      Jan 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      @Kangol: If he hadn’t settled for the compromise of DOMA it would have been impossible for it to have been revisited in the future when a more progressive climate allowed for it to be.

      Jan 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ridpathos
      Ridpathos

      Obama is still the best president for all he’s done for the LGBT community. I like that he realizes that human rights are far more important than trivial things that conservatives like to bring up when they say “ENOUGH OF THIS GAY STUFF. WE HAVE REAL PROBLEMS…” As if treating millions as second class citizens wasn’t a problem to them.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 12:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bonny1986
      Bonny1986

      @Spike: Tom Daley is a diver and will not ho to the wintergame.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 6:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      The IOC has been hit by bribery scandal after bribery scandal. Don’t mess with the country that they’ve chosen, you’re messing with their wallets and all the money they have been bribed with.

      Remember, this groups FIRST reaction to the Russian backlash was to attack gays and say that ANY athleate who did something like hold their partners hand would be disqualified and sent home.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 6:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      To Mario Pescante: “BITE ME”.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • freddiebaker
      freddiebaker

      my Aunty Brianna just got a new yellow Nissan Rogue SUV by working parttime from a home computer… visit the website http://gg.gg/zbin

      Jan 17, 2014 at 9:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iMort
      iMort

      @jar: If Obama had followed all of your requirements he never would have been elected. I am impressed that he chose to push some buttons with this delegation!

      Jan 17, 2014 at 10:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scoobydube
      scoobydube

      @DShucking: And don’t forget that Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, had a MALE ward, “Dick” Grayson, aka Robin ……….

      Jan 17, 2014 at 10:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans
      RomanHans

      @DShucking: I’m go for intelligence but that hasn’t worked in the past. So how about this? SHUT UP, IDIOT.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DShucking
      DShucking

      @RomanHans: Make sense, dumb bitch.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Louis
      Louis

      Another privileged macho straight man who cares nothing about their fellow human beings. Fuck him .

      Jan 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @scoobydube: Best to steer clear of that. The idea that they might be a couple has been feeding the “gay = pedophile” lie for most of Batman’s existence.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jar
      jar

      @Kangol: Bill Clinton was the first president to speak to and acknowledge the gay community. As one of his first measures, he tried to remove the ban on gays in the military. Those were huge steps. He was beaten down for these efforts, including by members of his own party. Obama never took a courageous stand on behalf of the gay community. He crested on the winds of change; he did not take a stand on our behalf. He, as a constitutional law professor, was so unwilling to stand up for us, that he endorsed the discredited separate but equal position on same sex marriage. I applaud Obama for coming around, but it is false history (and a disservice to our community) to try to paint him as some bold advocate for our cause. He is president during a time of great strides for us, but he is not responsible for any of it. It was Clinton (as flawed as he was) who took risks on our behalf, not Obama.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @jar: Intent is one thing; effective timing another. Just as you can’t really say that Clinton got a lot *done* in this area that was beneficial, you can’t really Obama didn’t have the intention all along to do it when the timing was favorable for it to actually work.

      Jan 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jimstoic
      jimstoic

      Nations are political entities, so awarding medals by nation is by nature political.

      Jan 18, 2014 at 1:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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