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  •  Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss.... (4+ / 0-)

    .....also many cultures, the French, for example, kiss when Americans would not.

    This isn't a kiss on the lips. As a political statement it is pretty weak.

    And it isn't the athletes we need to see kissing. Let's stop expecting athletes to do anything other than compete at these games. The onus is on the audience to protest.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 12:11:41 PM PDT

    •  You make a good point, and as I and others (4+ / 0-)
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      pointed out, including you, there are differing cultural norms. As I pointed out, Brezhnev used to plant a big one on the lips of every Communist leader he visited or received, and those pictures were widely publicized and can be easily found.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 12:15:42 PM PDT

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    •  The "onus" isn't on any particular specific group (5+ / 0-)

      to make change while other groups sit by and watch.

      Anyone who wants to make change needs to involve him or herself in the process. Athletes not the least.

      South Africa was BANNED from the Olympics for nearly 30 years because of its policy of apartheid. A big "drag" for its athletes, many of whom found ways to make their way to other countries' teams to compete (see "Muriel's Wedding" as a small, incidental reminder of this).

      The Olympics, for many years, had running boycotts by different nations for all kinds of reasons, but in the US we really only remember the boycotts we took part in or games we hosted when they were boycotted. ("The Simpsons" had a great episode about this as well. Gotta get the pop culture references in there!)

      I expect athletes who care about human rights to speak up/act out. I expect the audience members who care about human rights to speak up/act out.

      I also expect that some people who feel most vulnerable will not speak up/act out, but that they would appreciate the words and actions of those who do.

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