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Old 08-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #76
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Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
The Russian, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home crowd, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.
"If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic champion, said in English. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.
"Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don't want to have any in the future."
Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia Pole Vault Great, Condemns Gays At World Athletics Championships

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was something lost in translation?
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:29 AM   #78
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You know - I'm am still leaning toward boycotting these olympics. If we cannot guarentee the safety of our athletes and the fans that support them - then why in the world should we send them there? As you all know - I'm a confessed homophobe - but I do not and will not ever condone the mistreatment of any of my brothers and sisters.

Also - I fear that if we're not careful - the "backlash" against the gays may be intense, even in America.

If we do go to the olympics - I absolutely admire the bravery of the gay athletes and fans. Perhaps, in the strange way we humans actually learn, their courage will help us all treat each other with the dignity every person deserves.
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It's not at all that surprising since Russia is such a socially conservative society, unfortunately she will most likely be praised rather than condemned. The whole 'well it has always been this way therefore we shouldn't change anything' attitude is pretty poor.
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You know - I'm am still leaning toward boycotting these olympics. If we cannot guarentee the safety of our athletes and the fans that support them - then why in the world should we send them there? As you all know - I'm a confessed homophobe - but I do not and will not ever condone the mistreatment of any of my brothers and sisters.

Also - I fear that if we're not careful - the "backlash" against the gays may be intense, even in America.

If we do go to the olympics - I absolutely admire the bravery of the gay athletes and fans. Perhaps, in the strange way we humans actually learn, their courage will help us all treat each other with the dignity every person deserves.
For this alone you are not homophobic. You may not understand it, but you don't condemn it or wish gays harm like the Russian lawmakers do.
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Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has said she may have been “misunderstood” when she made comments in defence of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

It follows criticism from British heptathlete Louise Hazel who tweeted “Yelena Isinbayeva’s ‘homophobic’ comments have no place in our sport!”

Hazel said to BBC Sport: “The International Olympic Committee should revise her position.”

The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion said it was important for the IOC to act and added that Isinbayeva’s views had left her disappointed and in “deep shock”.

“It should be their first point of call after the championships are over.”

Criticising Swedish athlete Emma Green Tregaro for painting her nails in the colour of the rainbow at this week’s Moscow World Athletics Championships, Isinbayeva said: “It’s unrespectful [sic] to our country, it’s unrespectful [sic] to our citizens, because we are Russians, Maybe we are different from European people and other people from different lands.”

She stated: “If we allow [them] to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people.”

On Friday Isinbayeva said she was opposed to sexual discrimination, and that her English comments in support of her country’s laws may have been misconstrued.

“English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday,” she said in a statement.

“What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests.

“But let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality.”

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’ - PinkNews.co.uk

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My guess is if she was really homophobic, and a proud Russian, she wouldn't deny being against gay people. The championship was taking place in Moscow, so she was on home turf. Don't know how well her English is, so maybe something did get lost in translation.
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