No, I will not be watching the Sochi Winter Olympics.

At the same time, I am in support of the Canadian team, the Men’s Hockey Team in general, because of national pride. In addition, Roberto Luongo is the reason why I got into ice hockey, thanks to the Vancouver Winter Olympics that happened four years ago. Luongo is the reason why I started becoming an ardent supporter of the Vancouver Canucks, despite how badly they screwed themselves over during that final match with the Boston Bruins (I’m shaking my fist at you Stanley Cup rioters).

However, given Russia’s medieval crackdown on LGBT pride, a backwards step in the light of human rights today, a giant slap in the face and transgression of the Olympic Charter, where, as I shall quote:

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

This inequality really has to stop. Nobody have to live in fear of persecution, expulsion, and being beaten up in broad daylight due to their sexual orientation. Furthermore, I applaud Google’s means of protest by showing its prideful colours of the Olympics as an “Olympic Charter” Google doodle on its front page. Check in a day or two, and the doodle would probably be uploaded here.

I will not be watching the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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