Abbott spewed this stupidity to the Denver Post:
“Russia is hosting us,” Abbott said. “I’m not going to go into somebody’s house and be like, ‘Um, the way you decorate is hideous, and you need to completely redo this or I’m never coming back.’ It’s a little rude, so I don’t want to say bad things about a country that’s hosting the world, essentially. “Maybe I don’t agree with their policies, and maybe I don’t agree with some things, but that’s for them to sort out. My speaking out just makes me look like an ass.”
Comparing the denial of civil rights which have lead to widespread anti-gay attacks/hate crimes to “hideous” decorating, is RUDE…”Maybe” he doesn’t agree with their policies? Does he even know what the Anti-gay propaganda law is? Would he advise African Americans to sit in the back of the bus or use a separate water fountain if the Olympics were in the south and those laws were intact today?
One thing he did get correct, His speaking out definitely makes him look like an ASS.
Abbott adds that he’s thankful there isn’t a boycott:
“Thank God, being an athlete and having trained so long for this, I would just be crushed if that was taken away,” Abbott said. “Pulling athletes out of a competitive event isn’t going to solve some country’s political disputes. It’s only going to affect the athletes, and it’s not going to do anything to change their policies or change the country or change the world.”
Yeah, I hear ya honey. This is such a MINOR thing. Your being “crushed” over not competing in the Olympics is far more important than the human atrocities, denial of civil rights and everyday fear that the LGBT people of Russia are suffering.
I don’t deny that it is an athlete’s dream to go to the Olympics. It is what they have trained for their entire lives. I get it. But seriously- a gold medal over peoples lives? Ignorance is not only bliss, its EMBARASSING. Who are his PR people? The National Organization for Marriage?