Reigning World Figure Skating Champion Patrick Chan has no interest in Sochi protest "My job is to skate"
Patrick Chan says he plans to mind his own business once he lands in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, now marred by the country’s recent anti-gay laws.
Chan doesn’t plan to protest Russia’s controversial policy, which outlaws any form of homosexual “propaganda,” like some other athletes did at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
“My job is to skate,” Chan said Sunday. “I’m not disputing anything, I’m not a politician.
“I think I’m the biggest contender for a gold medal at the Olympics,” he said.
“I don’t have time to preoccupy myself with that kind of stuff,” he said. “I’m already stressed out enough about just getting this program out in time for Sochi.”
HATE him. I wish there was somebody else, anybody else who could upset him for the gold medal.
R1 why the hate?
Wow, what an idiot. He just created a huge backlash against him - after all, everyone knows that figure skating is THE gayest sport in existence.
Olympic athletes have every right to focus on their competitions. Aside from the distraction, engaging in what is perceived as political activity can disqualify them from the games.
True, R4. We have every right to criticize them, though, and distract them from that goal.
These athletes DO NOT want to cancel or cause a ruckus at the games - they have worked and trained for years (at a huge cost) to get to this point and being the single-minded types they are (and have to be really), the anti-gay laws are not important. Their chance to compete for a medal is what matters, period.
You can criticize them all you want, but I'm sure none of you have been in their shoes with their ambitions.
Much as I would love to see a lot of protests by athletes (and I'm sure there will be some), I don't think for a second that Russia will change it's tune based on what any of the athletes do.
They train for decades for what boils down to a 4 minute performance.
It shouldn't be their job to dance whatever dance steps, politically, that the LGBT "community" wants them to. They are athletes. It's nice when they do, like that cute runner dude last week. But R1's reaction is a bit out of proportion. Maybe focus some of that hate onto the IOC or, even better, Putin.
"Their chance to compete for a medal is what matters, period."
To you and them, sure. However, there are millions of people who watch the Olympics simply because of the spirit of equality and camaraderie behind them. I don't watch traditional sporting events, but I do watch every Olympics for that reason. There WILL be continued criticism and there WILL be intrusion on their athletic lives by policy and cultural expectations. Feeble protests about the athlete's ambitions will stop nothing - it is the nature of the purposely global (i.e. inclusive) Olympic Games.
[quote]Olympic athletes have every right to focus on their competitions.
Exactly. At the same time, one would have the hope that, unlike Chan, they would have the imtelligence to learn to string two words together: "No comment!"
Saying no comment makes him look even worse!
LOL! That should be "intelligence" - Oh, dear to me!
R9 is correct. These athletes don't exist in a vacuum, no matter how much the Republicans on this board would like to deflect. Go on with the Games in Sochi, of course - the athletes should be prepared, though, to share their thoughts on the homophobic law. Remember, this is the real world, and not some fantasy 'sports only!' dream.
The irony is that Johnny Weir has no shot of making the Olympic team, and he is the most outspoken on this issue.
He will have to go to the Sochi Olympics, as a spectator.
Sorry, but bruatality and discrimination against gays or anyone else is bigger than the Olympics.
If this were happening against Jews or blacks, the U.S and other countries would be boycotting.
Letting athletes who have trained for years to be among the best in world compete is Republican, R13? You're a simpleton.
The two Black Americans who raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Mexico City games were not only stripped of their medals R17, but they received death threats and were ostracized. And IIRC, President Carter didn't withdraw US competitors from the 76 Games in protest of South Africa participating (although he did in 1980 because of Russians invading Afghanistan). So don't bring race into it R17. And no one, I mean no one even thought about withdrawing from the 1936 games in Berlin. As a matter of fact, two Jewish American athletes were asked NOT to compete in one of the track events...so what are you talking about?
What a completely insensitive asshole.
No, he just sounds realistic to me, R18. Being a simpleton (or a disingenuous, anti-gay Republican) is believing that the media and society will naturally refrain from asking these athletes about their own stances on a very relevant issue. No one is going to withhold questioning these 'delicate flower' athletes just to quell your whining, hon.
It is not "whining" simply because you disagree (apparently). Nor is it only Republicans who don't demand that these athletes sacrifice their life's ambition as a gesture of support for gay rights. Knowing how much it would cost them, only a self-centered asshole would advocate this gesture.
Are you going to hunt down every reporter and citizen who wants answers from athletes on the anti-gay Russian law? Will you defend their collective ambitions from a multitude seeking civil rights? Good luck with that.
The athletes are competing in an athletic contest; no more. Notice that no one demanded that the Miss Universe Pageant be held in a place other than Russia this year and, other than Andy Cohen no fuss was made. Perhaps some gays like female beauty pageants more than the Olympics. If so, why didn't you demand that the girls either pull out or make a statement condemning Russia?
R19, Two Jewish-Americans asked not to compete, simply because of their religion and cultural heritage? Were there any Blacks in Nazi Germany,
Austria, or the other countries they invaded?
I was so happy to learn that the outstanding athlete Jesse Owens broke records and won Gold Medals that year. I remember the biopic when the Americans put their hands over their hearts, walking past Hitler, in defiance. So many other countries gave the hiel (sp) Hitler salute.
I need to see 17 more face pics, but I dont send mine. DISCREET!
how... republican of him.
"i gots my agenda, and fuck the gays".
I am not saying people should be prevented from asking the athletes their opinion. I am saying the athletes are not obliged to protest. I can't even begin to imagine how you conflate these two ideas.
r19, they were NOT stripped of their medals. Yes, they were ostracized by the U.S. government and athletic organizations in the following years, but they got to keep their medals.
Get to it, R24 and R28! Take out those people who want to question the athletes! Keep the errant athletes from protesting! We're waiting...
R24 and R28 are like children flinging rocks at an incoming tidal wave. If they hate gays that much, they'll be sorely disappointed when this issue only picks up steam in the coming months.
R19. As a global society in general, we've become more enlightened than we were in 1936 and even in 1976.
If 1936 (Berlin hosted the Olympics) were repeated against Jews, there would international outrage. Why is not happening when the subject is gays?
And in 1976, South Africa did not host the Olympics. So you're comparing apples to oranges. The notion of a boycott only surfaces when we're talking about the host country (e.g., Russia invading Afghanistan in 1980)--not boycotting because of a participating country as was South Africa in 1976...and a reltively small country at that.
You know what is childish, R31? Believing that a poster who disagrees with you must be some kind of deranged caricature of pure evil. It is beyond childish. It indicates an unstable mind.
[quote] It is beyond childish. It indicates an unstable mind.
Welcome to Datalounge!
Please, R33. Your homophobia might be sanctioned in your daily life, but you'll encounter resistance on the DL.
I assume you are posting from the airport on your way to Russia to protest the laws or are at least camping out in front of the nearest Russian consulate, R35? Or do you prefer to sit on your ass while you insist straight people sacrifice their careers for you and call anyone who disagrees a gay hater?
He's doing a heck of a lot more than you, R36. You're actively supporting the perpetuation of homophobia. Defend that, bitch.
Again--since you appear to be slow: I am NOT actively supporting the perpetuation of homophobia because I don't think the athletes are obligated to toss their careers to protest Russian laws. You really are somewhat imbalanced if you really equate the two.
"I am NOT actively supporting the perpetuation of homophobia"
But you are, Blanche, you are.
If you can't see that, then you are the one who is slow. This is a gay site, not a sports site. We support gay rights here, not diaphanous athlete dreams.
IF the oppression, torture, and murder of an entire class of people is something you can "just ignore", then you're sub-human and not worthy of any support.
This guy, Patrick Chan, is a fucking asshole.
What are you doing about it, R41? Typing furiously on Datalounge?
R42, do you have reading comprehension problems?
What a hateful little bitch.
New Yorkers are famous for criticizing everything and everyone on DL and for demanding things be done to correct it. Yet, when protests and demonstrations are organized, most of them say," I'm too busy, but you should do it." How about organizing a boycott in NYC, since the media centers are there? How about a demonstration of some kind in the "heart of the universe"? Or, are you too busy?
His skating is often of as little interest.
[quote] His skating is often of as little interest.
Despite being a three-time World Champion
[quote]So you're comparing apples to oranges.
Well, they are both fruit.
[quote]I’m not disputing anything, I’m not a politician.
How very brave. I suppose Paul Robeson could have been "just an actor"...
R26 is the poster with punctuation issues seen elsewhere today. We see that here she cannot locate an apostrophe to include in her typically smart-ass post.
[quote]New Yorkers are famous for criticizing everything and everyone on DL and for demanding things be done to correct it.
For Chrissakes Mary, give that tired rant A FUCKING REST, will you?
That does it, get me Tonya Harding on the line!
R51, it's tired, but still very true.Own it.
Patrick Chan will not win in Sochi.
Who will win R54
What is it with Asian Americans? They're a bunch of nasty, work obsessed cunts (see: Michelle Kwan). Is it Tiger Mom Syndrome?
Patrick is Canadian ( technically in America), but still Canada. And, it's nice that someone works in the US.
[quote]I am NOT actively supporting the perpetuation of homophobia because I don't think the athletes are obligated to toss their careers to protest Russian laws.
The USA athletes were obligated to toss their careers aside at the time of the 1944 games. Instead they strapped on guns and fought for their country. Do you think they should have first gone to London to compete in an Olympiad?
r58 In 1944, Olympic hopefuls were not the bought-and-paid-for whores they are now.
There were no 1944 Olympics, you moron.
I'm sorry Missy, but I have problems of my own!
Does he work in a nail salon? Will they give him time off?
Everyone knows that, R60. That's why R58 says the athletes were "obligated to toss their careers aside". Get it?
During August 1940, prisoners of war celebrated a "special Olympics" called International Prisoner-of-War Olympic Games. These were inaugurated and celebrated in stalag number XIII-A in Langwasser close to Nuremberg, Germany.
An Olympic flag 29 by 46 cm in size was made of a Polish prisoner’s shirt and, drawn in crayon, it featured the Olympic rings and banners for Belgium, France, Great Britain, Norway, Poland and Netherlands. A feature film was produced by the director Andrzej Kotkowski in 1980 called "Olimpiada '40" telling the story of these games and one of the prisoners of war, Teodor Niewiadomski.
While it's great for athletes to show solidarity with gays and lesbians, there's not that much that they can actually do. They want to compete. The one that needs to take a stand is the United States, not just the competitors! You're own government's not cracking down on them.
Shouldn't we be protesting the fact that they don't allow same-sex pairs and ice dancing?
[quote]You're own government's not cracking down on them.
SoS John Kerry met with Russia's Foreign Minister in DC last week discussing their human rights violations regarding glbt people.
Wouldn't he be Number One on the "The Athlete Least Expected Not To Give A Crap About Anyone But Himself" List?
If nothing else, if he stood up for lgbt people the gay rumors would start again. And Chan would not like that.
[quote]Everyone knows that, [R60]. That's why [R58] says the athletes were "obligated to toss their careers aside". Get it?
The entire world was obligated to toss their careers aside. Are you seriously comparing the wearing of a rainbow ribbon in Sochi to World War II?
I didn't make that comparison; R58 did. I merely said that everyone knows that there were no Olympic Games in 1944. Do you know what Troll-Dar is? Don't assume that everyone who hates you - there are many people arrayed against you here - is the same person.
Chan is definitely responding as Skate Canada told him to.
Remember, this organizations director, Barb MacDonald, was in charge of communications for an Evangelical Christian group in Ottawa, who was promoting a cure for homosexuality, when Skate Canada hired her, in 2010.
It is the figure skating culture up there, not just Chan. Chan is a byproduct of that culture.