Two protestors in Massachusetts disrupted an Olympic/Boston Globe PR event last week, shouting questions and protesting until they were forcibly removed.
On one hand: it’s hard to agree with a person who is yelling a lot and does not appear to have anyone backing them up, because that looks like it might be a crazy person.
But on the other hand: anyone who’s been following the Olympics at all ought to know that the concerns about Russia’s human rights abuses are not crazy-person issues. And when’s the last time that a meek, well-behaved protest accomplished anything?
The video above shows Robert Hamburger asking a loooooooooooong question, a dismissive response from an Olympic official, and then things get ugly. Skip to 3:20 to see Robert being neither meek nor well-behaved.
Sasha Kaufmann of GetEqual Massachusetts didn’t make it into the video, but she later asked the panel, “How can you reassure that I won’t be arrested as an out lesbian at Sochi?” Though we don’t have footage, GetEqualMA reports that two-time Olympic medalist Picabo Street answered, ”I would take you under my arm. We will experience the Olympic games together, and have a wonderful time.”
This is pretty much the height of heterosexual privilege. “Hey, what are all those uppity gays complaining about? As a cisgender heterosexual I have never experienced any safety concerns at all!”
Kaufman followed up by asking what would happen to LGBT Russians after the games are over. Street’s response: “I don’t know. Hopefully, nothing.”
Great job, everyone.