Even by the standards of fundamentalists and theo-cons, Brian Camenker of MassResistance is astonishingly bigoted. And now he’s terribly upset to find out that equality activists are planning to “disrupt” — his hyperbolic term — the Olympics with even mild protests of Russia’s totalitarian anti-gay law. At a conference, he recorded Patrick Burke of the You Can Play Project, speaking about plans that are in the works.
We’re going to have three weeks of sustained media presence there. We are going to have out LGBT athletes there. We are going to have very vocal and visible allies there.
We’ve spoken with the Canadian and U.S. hockey teams. We’re going to be doing work with both of those teams.
The frustrating part right now is we can’t talk about that publicly because if you talk about it publicly, the Russians don’t let you in the country. So when everyone keeps asking us “What are you going to do when you get there? What are you going to do when you get there?” and we keep having to say “We can’t tell you.”
The Russians have said they’ll confiscate rainbow flags if you try and bring them in your regular luggage. They’ve said they’ll confiscate pins. We are talking about utilizing diplomatic channels to get things into the country.
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that will frustrate people because it won’t be made public until you see an athlete on a medal stand or at closing ceremonies.
The Russian government’s bold efforts to protect children and society has attracted applause and support from pro-family organizations around the world, and also from countries such as Nigeria and Uganda who are also dealing with these issues.
Yeah, it has attracted applause from authoritarian bigots who think people should be thrown in prison — or worse — merely for being gay and saying so publicly. This is hardly a point in Russia’s favor.
If this outrageous stunt is successful, it will be an embarrassment not only to the Russian government — which is working hard to have a clean, wholesome atmosphere for its Olympic games — but certainly to many Americans, given that American corporations, American athletes, and possibly even our government would be involved in this…
The international fallout from this, given the wide range of those involved, would surely be considerable.
Yes, it would. It would make Russia look terrible, which is a good thing. That’s how they should look. And it will make bigots like you look bad too, something you are incredibly good at doing. The punchline to all of this is that Camenker and his fellow bigots are always screaming about imagined persecution, saying that the “gaystapo” is trying to silence them. And here they are supporting a law that imprisons people for being openly gay and demanding that Americans be prevented from exercising their freedom of speech. Irony!