Boycotting the Olympics

I know that many people feel that a boycott is no longer a useful means of protest, but I think in this case, it might actually send a message.  Of course, boycotting watching the Olympics does little more than upset the advertisers, though THEY shouldn’t be supporting the Beijing Olympics, either.  The athletes should not feel like they’re putting their health at risk by competing in an extremely unhealthy environment. Journalists should not be hindered by being unable to use various web sites and having their camera access severely restricted.  I should also mention that some of the Chinese Olympic athletes, specifically the women’s gymnastic team, are probably not quite women yet.  Some of the girls don’t look quite 16, and my best guess is 13.  I wonder if the Olympic committee will look into this further as they would if the USA presented underage athletes as competitors.


4 Responses to “Boycotting the Olympics”

  1. August 7, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Not to pick nits, but many of the hosts for previous games weren’t exactly beacons of freedom either. Besides, it seems a little disingengenuous of Shrub to spouti off about what bucketheads they are when we’re doing just a bad except on a smaller scale. That happens when you lose the moral high ground.

    Having said that, I don’t think a boycott will help much – but it won’t hurt either. I’d prefer to boycott Chinese prisoner-made crappy products. Even though they are communists they still have a wallet and that’s where they can be hurt the most.

  2. August 8, 2008 at 8:25 am

    We are a nation that tortures, has suspended the writ of habeas corpus, throw pollution up in the air with the best of them and though we don’t prevent access to the internet or phone lines, we monitor them and store information in huge databases for future use. Maybe we should boycott ourselves.

    The Olympics is a celebration of the people by the people with a government just playing host. The money has already been spent and the government of China has capitalized on it all that they are going to by now. By boycotting the Olympics now, you are just hurting the little people who stand to gain some income from visitors which I’ve heard is hardly anything to brag about compared to other countries. I’m with the previous person, I would much rather boycott their goods than the Olympics.

  3. 3 unitedwelay1
    August 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Good point, but our athletes can breathe without masks.

  4. August 11, 2008 at 6:31 am

    This is a bit topic but I think that a few fireworks and everyone is reading off the same sheet.

    It’s Berlin 1936 all over again…

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