I find myself morbidly amused by the new tumblr cause-du-jour: “Vladimir Putin hates the gayz" the shouts of “let’s boycott Stoli" and “sign this petition saying we’re angry at the Olympics".
because wow. where the fuck have you been? this man has been doing whatever the fuck he wanted since…
It’s little more than a PR boon, making people anticipate and speculate. Suddenly, Russia and Putin are the focus of several different stories including “Occupy Pedophila" among other rising neo-fascist developments.
Attention is being given so that people can feign horror and posture when the last time they paid attention was the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. It seems like every Olympic Games now requires controversy, outside of putting its hosts into serious debt when the limelight moves elsewhere. This is only the new window dressing on top of everything that have been festering for decades, not just in Russia. It should be obvious, and even funny, that these insincere attempts are more a matter of clearing personal consciences and being morally just, which is also a large part of the problem.
Boycotting now or having Stoli’s (SPI) CEO come out to say a few words of support does nothing to change an attitude and atmosphere of apathy or real monetary profit already made. Corporate sporting events and brand choice of alcohol brand ultimately carry no risk to the average person or pose a threat to the Russian government. None of these actions improve the life of the people who are actually affected by Russian legislation and the violation of their human rights.
I really don’t mind that people are speaking out, it’s more that the extent of what they risk from their relatively safe bubble is laughable.