Personally as a response to the 180 on Meryl and Charlie, I think they say it why it's unsavoury- it's because the athletes themselves have failed to not only show solidarity amongst the fellow skaters but also because yes the answers they have given come off vapid and gratuitous. Ashley Wagner's response in comparison should be the way to go. And I agree with their evaluation of what the skaters are like- i've seen the video they pertained to (the one where the skaters choose the music they'd want to skate to) and Meryl did come of as an airhead. MAYBE she DOES want to skate to Scheherazade as a lifelong dream, but a.) that wasn't the question, and b.)- MISS AMERICA could not have said it any better. Plus you can see in the video, Charlie kind of just shut down once Meryl took the reins. But- whatever, maybe I'm wrong.
Going back to the original point- this issue with regards to Sochi and the gay- it goes beyond skating. YES, saying something remotely human and compassionate in support of the fight against Putin may cost you the OGM, but really- surely they seem smart enough to give a response that is PC but also one that promotes support instead of going around in circles to avoid the topic like Scott Hamilton.
Though I don't always appreciate the candour of TSL, I would take them over Hersh or Gallagher any day. Maybe I'm just less sensitive. It's not the end of the world you guys! Somewhere in some corner of the world, there are two people who are saying the EXACT same thing, just less public that TSL. At least to their defence, TSL gives credit where credit is due.