Note: These opinions are from the perspective of an American viewer
I know that the Olympics are already pretty politics-heavy, and that America and Russia have had friction during the Olympics in the past, and I am a huge supporter of gay rights, but I don’t see a point in involving the Olympics in the gay rights laws of a country. You can boycott the 2014 Olympics if you want, be my guest. Hell, even if you’re an Olympic athlete and boycott it, that’s your own personal decision and you should stick by it. However, when entire news networks in America are being pressured to not cover the Olympics because of a law that is in no way, shape, or form related to the Olympics (other than the location of the 2014 games), that is when I have a problem. It would be one thing if Russia did something like legalize something that is considered hugely unethical to the American public, but gay rights are still a shaky subject in America right now. Sure, we have made a lot of progress over the last few decades towards support of gay rights, but there is still a huge amount of American citizens that are not on that boat. So, if news stations in America decided to not broadcast the Olympics because of an unrelated law that passed in the host country, it would go beyond shoving the opinions of the news station down the people’s throat and cross into the territory of controlling what the American people can and can not watch. Sure, this is the digital age and the Olympics are a worldwide event that could probably be viewed elsewhere, and if one news network refuses to broadcast, another network will pick it up, but this would still be a huge middle finger to the people who A.) don’t support gay rights B.) Are indifferent to the matter, or C.) support gay rights, but do not want this law to affect their viewing of a sports event they love. Many people watch the Olympics on television because it is the most convenient way for them to view it, why do we have to fuck around with that? The only way I could see this being a good thing is if NBC decides to give up their ass backwards coverage of the games because of this (would not be surprising, considering how left the network is) and lets a different network cover the games for a change.