Posted on 14 August 2013.
By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
British actor, author, and television presenter Stephen Fry has written an open and very emotional letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the International Olympics Committee, and IOC President Jacques Rogge, urging them to ban the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Fry argues that the horrendous treatment and discrimination of LGBT people in Russia warrants the ban.
His letter is a scorching critique and heartfelt protest of the events taking place throughout Russia and compares the situation to what Hitler did to Jews. Here are some quotes from Stephen Fry’s open letter. For the full letter, click here.
“I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant aegis of a tyrant who had passed into law, two years earlier, an act which singled out for special persecution a minority whose only crime was the accident of their birth.”
“Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians. Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law.”
“The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent against the barbaric, fascist law that Putin has pushed through the Duma.”
“An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.”
“He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it.”
“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian “correctively” raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one, weep anew at seeing history repeat itself.”
And with that said may we strongly recommend that you delve into Stephen Fry’s impressive movie career. As an openly gay actor, he has portrayed gay characters from the very start of his career. Two exceptional examples of his talent can be found in the wonderful Peter’s Friends from 1992 and the critically acclaimed bio-pic Wilde about the life of Oscar Wilde.