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  •  Not me. It's a slippery slope. (0+ / 0-)

    What did the image actually accomplish in real terms?

    If it had been the start of similar things, imagine where the Olympics would be today, even more of a circus.

    On the other hand, I have no problem with anyone expressing opinions of protest in any venue where free expression is a right.

    •  I will leave that to people who were around... (9+ / 0-)

      Back in 1968. I can only speak about its legacy as a proud and simple gesture, that has become an iconic part of Olympic and Civil Rights history. They have a statue at San Jose State University that I think is really cool. I respect athletes that are willing to use their platform to advocate for important issues. It's far easier to stay inoffensive and maximize your endorsement potential.

      •  They can make statements in many places. (0+ / 0-)

        No one removes that right, at least for most Western athletes, to speak their mind.

        It might help them with endorsements as much as hinder them, however. Depends on the situation.

        I think people misuse their celebrity and fame too often and inject themselves in matters where they should not.

        Yes, the 68 protest it was iconic, but had no real effect, and I am glad it did not precipitate an overpoliticization of the Olympics, which would have occurred if left alone.

        •  Considering the situation in Russia (9+ / 0-)

          in contrast with the slow creep of acceptance of LGBT people worldwide, I don't think anybody is "misusing their fame" speaking out against Russian policies on gays.

          Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

          by Boogalord on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 01:59:00 PM PDT

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          •  Absolutely. (0+ / 0-)

            It takes no courage at all to speak out on this matter.

            The point was why it's so prevalent almost always when the risks are so few.

            •  it will take ALOT of courage to speak out (0+ / 0-)

              in a country where you can be arrested for being gay. Just think about it: you're gay. And you're an Olympic athelete in a country that has laws that will put you in jail for "homosexual propaganda", AKA being noticed as a gay person.

              I dunno about you, but I think risking going to Russian jail as a gay person is one of the more intimidating actions to take as a gay person visiting Russia. If one were to speak out against such a law, the personal risk involved is great.

              Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

              by Boogalord on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 11:22:41 PM PDT

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        •  Celebrities shouldn't have opinions? (4+ / 0-)

          And use a microphone put in front of them to voice them?  Don't they have the same right/obligation as anyone else to "inject" themselves into a cause that is important to them?

          •  At pretty much all awards ceremonies (0+ / 0-)

            I can think of, the winners are pretty much allowed to thank whomever they like. Somehow the Olympics leadership is special and places itself above the people who participate in the events.

            Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

            by banjolele on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 03:36:24 PM PDT

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