A screenshot reminder that the world is changing, and major brands are no longer willing to look the other way because they don’t want to cause waves. Baby steps. I’ll take it.
I know it is an unpopular opinion, but I grew up in a rural community where it was (and still is, honestly) shocking to many people to see an interracial couple let alone a gay couple, so I’m understanding of people who others might label bigots. If I were to come out of my subby closet, I think people’s heads would explode.
And that’s okay. I understand the fear some people still have. We are all products of our environment, and I won’t fault people for their belief system, especially their religious beliefs, when that’s all they’ve known their entire lives. Change doesn’t happen instantly, but rather over generations, and I’m happy to say that change is happening, even in my small farming community. Even the older generations have made small changes. They’ve taught their children (my generation) to be more accepting and open-minded than their parents. I hope that cycle continues.
But someone’s personal beliefs and government enforcement and even promotion of discrimination are two different things. I can be understanding of your religious believes. I cannot be understanding of you creating law based on those religious beliefs. I am Christian, but I don’t believe that Christianity or any religion has any place in our government or law.
To me, it is insulting to the human fucking race that Sochi was chosen to host the greatest sporting event in the world. That’s not an opinion based just on their policies regarding the LGBT community, but that’s a big part of it. I’m sure there are a lot of great people who live in Sochi, and I know that most people in/from Russia are not bad people (many are victims themselves). But the level of corruption, lying, and human rights violations associated with these games leaves me disgusted.
And so, I had to say thank you to Google. It is not an easy thing to be a company this large and firmly plant your feet on one side of a very political, very heated debate. In all likelihood, Google will lose users, customers, employees, advertisers, and maybe even investors over this decision. Thank you for the reminder that the Olympics are about SPORTS, not sexual preference.
If you’re the greatest athlete in the world, it shouldn’t matter if you want to celebrate by kissing Tom or Tina. Or both. At the same time. While Todd spanks you and Tracy watches. Frankly, it’s none of my business.
Good luck, athletes from every country. May you have fair judges, safe and injury-free competitions, and amazing opportunities to show the world what you can do.
Rori is the founder of Between My Sheets. She works full time as a writer, reviewer, and online educator and can be reached at rori-at-betweenmysheets.com