Unless you’ve been living under a rock or simply don’t care to follow the Olympics, you probably know about the myriad of problems in Sochi before and during the Winter Olympics. Leading up to the Olympics, a controversial law against homosexuals in Russia got global attention and continues to be criticized by nations, corporations, and people in Russia and around the world.
Wondering why the criticism has been so sharp? Take a look at these quotes from Russian leaders about the Olympics, homosexuals, and more:
The Russian head ski jump coach on women “If I had a daughter, I’d never let her jump — it’s too much hard labor. Women have another purpose — to have children, to do housework, to create hearth and home.”
The Mayor of Sochi making a completely false statement about gays and one that drew a great deal of attention from global press: “We just say that it is your business, it’s your life. But it’s not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live. We do not have them in our city.”
Putin, when answering how gay visitors to Sochi can feel stated they will be “calm and at ease” but also that they should “Just leave kids alone, please.” You can imagine the outrage this sparked
The Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Kozak even had something to say: “They (gays) can make propaganda about their sexual orientation among adults. But there is no need to involve children. I have already said this many times.”
The responses to this sort of negativity and oppression have come from many people and organizations. On the day the Olympics began in Sochi, Google posted a doodle on their main page clearly addressing Russia’s policies and the spirit of the Olympics. They quoted the Olympic charter under a rainbow colored Google doodle:
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.”