Controverski: Sochi, gay rights and Russia-bashing

In this video discussion, guests and WORLDbytes volunteers ask what the negative coverage of the Winter Olympics says about the West.

In this special programme, a trio of guests discusses the political fuss over the Winter Olympics in Sochi with WORLDbytes volunteers. From panics about toothpaste-tube terrorism to allegations of corruption, huge overspends on Olympics facilities, unfinished hotels and gay-rights protests, the headlines in the run-up to the Games barely mentioned sport.

On the programme, Tara McCormack, a lecturer in international politics at the University of Leicester, David Forrest, a former Great Britain international swimmer, Gay Games participant and landscape architect, and WORLDbytes volunteer coordinator and designer Niall Crowley discuss what’s going on, challenging the ‘slacktivisim’ and calls for boycotts of the Games.

Russia-bashing, they tell us, has become the most popular sport among Western politicians and journalists. But it represents more than just a case of laughing at another country’s failings. This is a case of moral grandstanding by lame-duck Western politicians and media-pundits – and Russia is an easy target. The consequences, we learn, are bad news for gay rights, too.

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