I am in front of the television, watching the circus of the Olympic torch going around San Francisco. Last night, I thought that if I was one of the decision makers, I may plan for the torch to run up Van Ness Ave., away from the planned route. So, what happens, it is doing that right now. Next thing, it may go towards the Golden Gate Bridge (newsflash, it seems to be actually doing that) and end up on my backyard. Wow! It may actually end up around the Golden Gate bridge. If so, a lot of motorists will be quite unhappy.
Certainly, this year’s Olympic Games have brought some excitement to these shores. I am not a fan of the games, specially the way the U.S. Olympic committee treated the creator of the Gay Olympics. They basically destroyed that guy so that Olympics and heterosexuality continue to be synonymous. There are tons of other Olympics, but for gay men, it is only Gay Games. Talk about homophobia to the extreme.
Also, to me, the Olympic Games have never been about sports, but about the use of sports in the world of politics. The creators, the Greeks, used them to show the power of their individual city states. Since then, it has always been about a genteel way of conflict resolution among the countries.
This year, it is China’s attempt to show off. Let me say that the Olympic Games, like the torch, will bring unintended attention towards that country. The torch will shine on shady areas that China would not want the outside world to snoop. So, careful for what you wish. Opening the doors to the Olympic Games is opening the door to your closets. Tibet? No matter what a patriotic Chinese person will say to justify the occupation, it is still an occupation.