Friday, November 01, 2013

Blog # 8

In New York City, a gay rights group protested the 2014 Sochi Olympics. As Olympic gold medalists stood on a stage in New York City's, Times Square, chants started to be heard from only fifty feet away.   According to the article written by Rachel Cohen activists were chanting, "Homophobia has to go," and went on further to state, "Don't Buy Putin's Lies." A ski slope was set up by the U.S. Olympic committee to bring attention and excitement to the Winter Olympics, which is only one hundred days away. This event not only attracted Olympic enthusiast but the gay rights group, Queer Nation New York. The Queer Nation of New York spent the time protesting the Sochi Olympics. Russia should repeal their law and see their harshness of in acting such a law. Olympic athletes stood and did not respond to the chants, one even said that part of him wants to not tolerate it, but that the other part of him understands their beliefs. Hopefully in the future the Olympics continues to bring the nations together and not divide us. On the other hand there are olympians who are against the laws passed in Russia, yet they remain voiceless as well.

As a reader one could be proud of the Queer Nation of New York for standing up for their beliefs.  One should stand up for what they believe in and not stand there in silence in fear of what others believe. Olympians especially should speak up, especially if they are against Russia's stance and laws on gay marriage. If an Olympian stands there in silence, one might believe that they fear they will not be allowed to compete in this winter season Olympic games. Therefore the reader might come to the conclusion that the Olympians are more concerned with their appearance and not with what they truly believe in and know is right. On the other hand the reader might be agitated that the Queer Nation of New York took such a stance at an Olympics event. This ski slope was set up to get people excited and ready for the upcoming games in Sochi, Russia. The reader might think that this was not the time or place to protest such an event, especially if families were participating. Readers whether they are for or against gay marriage should both appreciate the use of nonviolent protesting. Even if the protesting was nonviolent the readers against gay marriage might still be agitated with the activist group and think that they are going overboard, after all Russia is not America. Then you have those for gay rights who believe that no matter where we are in the world, gay rights matter and should not be an issue we have to fight for. Either way as long as nonviolent protesting goes on the reader might not see the problem with protesting here in the United States against Russia, and its leader Vladimir Putin.

Maria Shropshire
11/1/13 12:13 PM

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