Russia's continued stance against the LGBT community has drawn considerable interest. The Olympics are scheduled to start there in six months, and Russia has continued to stand strong on their anti-gay laws. Some supporters are calling for a delusional plan for the Olympics to be moved.
British actor Stephen Fry and George Takei, who is best known for his role as Sulu on "Star Trek," have both made a plea for the Olympics to be moved. Fry wants Russia "banned from the Olympics, while Takei offers Vancouver, which hosted the last Winter Olympics, as a replacement. He signed a petition with over 40,000 signatures.
With all regards to Takei, trying to move the Olympics to another continent six months before the games begin is delusional. There is not another sporting event that is as big or demanding as the Olympics. The logistics take years of planning. This is why the IOC awards a bid seven years in advance, and why a plan must be in place even when a bid is presented. Without the help of a transporter from the Starship Enterprise, the Olympics aren't going anywhere.
The Olympics will not be moved, and if they were, that would leave behind the LGBT community in Russia still suffering under the country's laws. The smarter petition was one demanding the IOC stand up to Russia and repeal their anti-gay propaganda and laws. It had 320,000 signatures and was handed to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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