Stephen Fry: “An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential”
British broadcaster Stephen Fry has written a powerful essay telling the International Olympic Committee to condemn Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.
In it, he writes that the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is remarkably similar to the suffering of Jews before the Holocaust.
‘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.’
He also writes: ‘An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on 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 civilized world.’
Fry added: ‘He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg.
‘I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil”.’