George Takei: Forget Russia Homophobes, Yank Olympics

Petitions to move Games back to 2010 host Vancouver

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Ghille

Posted Aug 8, 2013 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – George Takei is fed up with Russia's anti-gay policies, but a boycott of Russian vodka—or even of the 2014 Sochi Olympics—isn't the way to make change. Rather, Takei wants to strip Russia of its Games and send them to Canada. In a blog post Tuesday, the longtime gay rights activist offers up a petition to move the Winter Games back to 2010 host Vancouver, while calling on the IOC to "do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia," MSNBC reports.

The petition as of this writing had more than 83,000 signatures, but Takei's wish is easier said than done. Getting ready for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics took seven years—it isn't "like putting fresh sheets on the guest bed," a city councilor tells the Globe and Mail. "I can understand the intention, but practically I don’t see how it could happen." Even so, Russia is no place for a Games that promotes "mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play," Takei writes. "Discrimination in any form is a blight upon the Winter Games, and it must not be tolerated." Click for his full post.

American actor George Takei gestures with a hand greeting made popular by the Television series Star Trek arrives at the Marina Bay Sands hotel on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Singapore.
American actor George Takei gestures with a hand greeting made popular by the Television series Star Trek arrives at the Marina Bay Sands hotel on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
George Takei, right, with husband Brad Altman, look at their wedding photos at their home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
George Takei, right, with husband Brad Altman, look at their wedding photos at their home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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