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2014 Winter Olympics in Russia Must be Banned Amid Anti-LGBT Policies, Writes Stephen Fry

Rodrigo Mejia

Stephen Fry, the famed English writer and comedian, recently wrote a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee urging an "absolute ban" on the Russian Winter Olympics in 2014. Fry, who is both gay and Jewish, is alarmed by the recent wave of anti-LGBT policy in Russia and warns that world cannot can be seen to condone it.
"The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent..."
Read on for the full letter.

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  • Stef McDonaldStef McDonald

    Love this excerpt: "Let us not forget that Olympic events used not only to be athletic, they used to include cultural competitions. Let us realise that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, wilfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for “to do with the people”

  • Rodrigo MejiaRodrigo Mejia

    *Fry contends in the letter that the way gays and lesbians are maligned in Russia today mirrors the antisemitism in Nazi Germany around the time of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

    He writes, "I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian “correctively” raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one, weep anew at seeing history repeat itself."