Though I haven’t really written anything about it, I have not been a supporter of the fact that the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi. Everything about the whole situation just didn’t sit right with me.
Then when you add in the detestable and inhumane LGBT policies of the Russian government, it just gets even worse.
But even if you want to dismiss the possible horrors of some kind of terrorist attack occurring during the event, or the Russian government’s often horrible policies, it seems living conditions for those involved have been nothing short of an absolute disaster in Sochi itself.
Something Keith Olbermann pointed out during last night’s broadcast of his show on ESPN.
First he opens with an image from Sochi where someone posted a picture of a toilet, with a trash bin in front of it and a sign reading, “Please do not flush toilet paper down the toilet. Put it in the bin provided.”
Then he transitioned to a pic of the now infamous “double toilets” in Sochi. If you haven’t seen these, they’re basically one giant stall with two toilets side by side. Real private, I tell ya.
After that he shows an image from the Canadian press of one of the rooms their hockey team would be staying in which has three twin beds in one room. But that’s probably the tamest part of the whole segment.
The next shocking story comes from reporter Stacy St. Clair, who tweeted:
My hotel has no water. If restored the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.”
Olbermann then runs down a list provided by an American reporter who said almost every hotel room is missing something: TV’s, lamps, chairs, wi-fi, heat, hot water. Oh, and apparently shower curtains are somewhat of a luxury over there.
Other hotels are missing a lobby, with one even missing the entire floor for the lobby. But there’s a welcoming picture of Vladimir Putin sitting outside the vacant space, so that makes it okay.
Then Olbermann points out reports from some people saying there are buildings, such as a Sochi Olympic Cultural Center, that aren’t even built. Instead, they’re just wooden frames with tarps thrown over them, comically comparing them to the fake town in the movie Blazing Saddles. (Which is a great movie by the way, but that’s not a scene I’d pick to recreate in real life in the host city of the Winter Olympics.)
Another journalist, Jo-Ann Barnas, reported that some of the manholes on the streets don’t even have covers on them.
And let’s not forget the stories that have come out (which Olbermann reminds us of) about the stray dogs that are apparently being rounded up and slaughtered, or fed poison and left to die in the streets. Absolutely awful.
Olbermann then ends the segment by saying if anyone was thinking about starting a boycott of these Olympics, please “put his name at the top.”
I have to say I am in full agreement with him on that.
Even if you want to ignore the fact that these Olympics are putting these athletes (and everybody covering or attending the events) at risk of a terrorist attack, or the fact that Russia treats members of the LGBT community with utter disdain, the seemingly countless other issues going on are inexcusable.
These Olympics are already an absolute tragedy. Though I wish all of our American athletes the best of luck, and I hope that they have their dreams fulfilled, I simply cannot support this event.
I just hope everyone does their best and comes home safe.
Watch the segment below, it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time:
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