What nobody seems to be mentioning is that that boy, in that picture is somebody’s child.
All sexual politics aside, it breaks my heart to see that kid, on his knees, weeping, knowing not just what he has been through, but what the rest of his life will be like, or if he will even have one.
It’s unlikely that his family, given the role of both politics and the Orthodox “church” play in their lives will be welcoming or supportive, that there will counseling available, or a victim’s crisis center like our own rape crisis center, or even health care to deal with the physical trauma of any injuries he’s suffered.
I’m reminded of (some) of the moral “outrage” when the gay Rutgers student Tyler Clementi threw himself off the GW bridge for many of the same reasons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Tyler_Clementi Fear, shame, self-loathing don’t need a language.
Russia likes to think of itself as a “western” country, it’s part of the G8, the G20, it has nukes, and arts and a booming (albeit corrupt) industry. Not to mention that it bribed it’s way to getting awarded the 2104 games.
Yes, Carter got no end of flack for boycotting the 1980 games over politics. But clearly things have not changed.
Boycott the 2014 Sochi Games!