Stephen Fry has written an open letter directed at the British Prime Minister and the IOC. In the letter he states that Putin and the Russian government's actions are similar to Hitlers in the 1936 Olympic Games. Fry says that a total ban on the Russian games is “essential” and that they should be held in a previous host city instead. He compares the Russian’s actions towards gay people to the Nazi’s barbaric crimes against the Jews, mentioning his mothers family killed in Nazi Germany.


Stephen Fry is overreacting, but only slightly. He is already comparing Putin’s law to Hitler prosecuting the Jews, they both may seem quite similar but Putin is anything but a fascist, semi-fanatical dictator. In fact many ordinary Russians agree with the new laws and support them. despite this I still do not agree with the Russian Government's decision. At this point in humanity we should have evolved past racism and xenophobia. I have no problem with there being gay people, I do not feel that they take away cultural identity or any of the ‘reasons’ the Russian government has used. Even then, I still feel that canceling the olympics over human rights issues may not be the best course of action.
 





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