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Google Protests Sochi, Manages to Make It Gayer
by Max Nesterak

Google's Doodle is really gay


To coincide with the opening of the Sochi Games today, Google protested Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” laws through its Google Doodle, a rainbow banner with bobsledders, snowboarders, and figure skaters.

In addition to the doodle, Google quotes the Olympic Charter's anti-discrimination clause. This, apparently, not only to imply that Russia is not acting in the spirit of the Olympics, but also so that we don’t confuse it as simply an artistic interpretation of the official Sochi Olympics website, which is already pretty gay.

"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." –Olympic Charter


Sochi's official website is pretty gay


Google’s Doodle is the latest high-profile statement against Russia’s strict anti-gay laws, which have embroiled the country in controversy in the months leading up to Sochi. Others have included President Barack Obama selecting gay athletes to serve as the delegation representing the U.S. at the opening and closing ceremonies, Germany’s gay opening ceremony costumes (that the designer swears is not a political statement), and a force of over 200 prominent authors including Günter Grass, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, and Jonathan Franzen, who published an open letter in the Guardian denouncing Russia’s anti-gay blasphemy laws as a serious threat to the right to self-expression. The best gay propaganda by far, however, comes from the UK's Channel 4 which plans on running this ad during the Olympics.



Good luck, gays! 






Posted by Max Nesterak on 2/7/14 | tags: Sochi olympics lgbt gay anti-gay Art google google doodle

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