I hate to say it, I mean I really hate to say it, but none of this shouting and yelling that’s been going on will change what’s happening in Russia. I sincerely wish it would but it won’t. And that’s not to say that high profile figures like Stephen Fry shouldn’t continue to try and bring the situation to the attention of the government, they absolutely should – but it won’t change anything.
The Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 will go ahead as planned. They’ll go ahead because there’s just too much money riding on them – there are too many backhanders flying around and too many palms being greased for it to be any other way. And that’s politics, I understand that. What I don’t understand is just how the international community is going to deal with the consequences.
It’s just like Stephen Fry said – they gave Hitler the 1936 Olympics and it gave him the reassurance that what he was doing and what he was planning was acceptable. If Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics and it will – we’re telling the world that we don’t mind what’s happening there. We’re saying that it’s a necessary evil. We’re saying that as long as everything goes to plan and everybody wins what they’re expected to, who gives a shit?
We’re not just talking about a bit of homophobic abuse anymore, though that shouldn’t be tolerated either. Gay men and women are being assaulted and raped and murdered whilst their government watches. I can’t imagine anything more horrific. Especially considering the fact that Russia is such a culturally bold and vibrant place. They’ve got massive balls in Russia – just look at Pussy Riot and the punishment they’ve taken for their stand against tyranny.
It makes me so sad to read Stephen Fry’s words, these words…
“I am begging you to resist the pressures of pragmatism, of money, of the oily cowardice of diplomats and to stand up resolutely and proudly for humanity the world over, as your movement is pledged to do. Wave your Olympic flag with pride as we gay men and women wave our Rainbow flag with pride. Be brave enough to live up to the oaths and protocols of your movement.”
It makes me sad because it’s not going to make any difference. And I don’t mean just the one voice and I’m not trying to say that the world isn’t yelling hard enough about this. I’m afraid that my cynicism just won’t abate. This hideous miscarriage of justice will be allowed to go ahead – mark my words. Money and the oily cowardice of diplomats will always, always win out.
Lord knows, I don’t understand it.
I couldn’t care less who you want to fuck as long as it’s legal and you’re enjoying yourself. I expect the same from you, dear reader. There aren’t many things in this world as versatile and as multi-faceted as the L-word and no, I don’t mean lesbians.
Love is all we have.
There are wars and famine, sexual assault and child abuse. There is genocide and organised religion, inequality and pure, unadulterated hatred. There is a lot of bad in this world.
And love chews it all up and spits it back out.
I’m not gay and I’m not a Jew like Stephen Fry. I’m a well off, well looked after white bisexual with no interest in religion to speak of. I don’t believe in a god and if I did it certainly wouldn’t be a god who’d allow such hideous fucking treatment of human beings.
But I do believe in love and and I believe in making love to whomever makes you happy.