I like to avoid getting in deep political discussions due to my history as an international relations and political anthropology majors, and the fact that this means I have studied a lot of these so I can go on and on about these topics. But I did want to add that there is an IMMENSE amount of academic literature that confirms the Olympic Games as anything BUT apolitical. The Olympics is a stage for many to act out very political actions and create narratives through presentation and marketing that can have great implications. For example, I just finished a 15-pager on how Turkey's bid for the 2020 Olympics was so immensely political for many reasons.
In general, I don't think it is anything to joke about and think it is very possible that states will make very specific statements during the Olympics and am eager to see how it turns out. It may be selfish but is done by everyone and is reality.
I really feel for the Russian athletes with all the talk about countries pulling out, or individual athletes pulling out. The Olympics are what you work for four years (or more) and it's the biggest moment. You want ALL of the best competition to be there.
Reminds me of the feelings of team USA in 1980 wanting to host all of the countries for the Winter Games and Russia was threatening to boycott...
granted we ended up doing it later and Carter would deny that he ever heard from the Athletes (both Winter and Summer) pleas to not boycott the summer games...
I just feel for all of the athletes Russian and International who are basically pawns in this whole mess.
Secondly, this thread is about politics and figure skating. I'm staying on topic, and I don't see why I shouldn't come here. It's you who doesn't seem to like this conversation, maybe you should go somewhere else.
Thirdly, and most importantly, I suspect it's very easy if you're not gay (or close to a gay person) to just write this off as "politics" when it should be all about the sport. But if you are gay, how do you think this attitude comes across? Gay fans have been loyal fans of skating but have been constantly taken for granted, ignored and insulted by various figures in skating over the years, from prominent organizers, commentators and skaters to even people on this board (though never directly of course, they know not to bite the hand that feeds them). You might all think it's fine just to ignore what's going on for gay people in Russia (and elsewhere, sure, but elsewhere isn't hosting the Olympics and pretending it's somehow part of the democratic world), so you can just sit back and enjoy your skating. That's fine, I understand that, and I don't blame you for it. But it's hardly heroic. I would have REALLY MAJOR respect for anyone who puts others before their own interest and calls out the bs on gays in Russia (like Diva Wagner did ) or even goes as far as boycotting (like Germany almost certainly won't, as we now know). Indeed, I totally disagree with others here who say the Russians wouldn't care. Germany is a major winter sports nation and their absence would absolutely be felt. The games would go on, sure, but the sheen would be taken off a bit.
In terms of V/T specifically, I thought I made it clear I don't wish them to skate badly. I certainly won't root for them to fall. I just want other teams to skate better, because of my own personal preferences for nations that are more inclusive and respectful to LGBT people. I don't see how this is different to any other preference a person may have for skaters based on their own home country, or their performance style, or even who's the cutest/sexiest/nicest.
Finally, thank you to the other posters who defended me against this post, I do appreciate it!