This is not just speculation, it is going to be one of the most thorough and unprecedented airport searches in history of anybody arriving for the Olympic games. Luggage and clothing worn by athletes and journalists alike will be carefully inspected, more so than any search for weapons or drugs.
The Russian homophobes in the government heading by Putin know that if even ONE fucking rainbow flag is displayed on television world wide it will be an embarrassment for them.
What will happen to athletes or visitors caught smuggling a rainbow flag? Well, that is where speculation enters into the picture. I say anything from a fine to just a slap on the wrist or incarceration or immediate deportation.
But don't even consider the IOC's cowardly assurance that nothing will harm them...they are acting out of fear of not having the competition and that means the loss of millions of dollars.
Athletes too, former and current have opposed any boycott citing the noble and highly idealistic concept that the Olympic games are supposed to uphold...but do they? What is more important you may ask, that an athlete or many who have worked so diligently and hard to get to the Olympics compete and win some medals all the while their participation glorifies and brings validation to a regime that is repressive and homophobic, that will not flinch at stomping on human rights? Medals are great, they are awesome, but human rights are much larger than medals.
Even our President has said he opposes any boycott or perhaps is appeasing the Russians in order to maintain an illusion of world order.
I say let's boycott the Olympic games, move them to Vancouver, dump Russian vodka and denounce the Russian regime for what it is, a neo-Fascist tyranny and Putin for what he really is: a megalomaniac, closeted homosexual who is genitally challenged and wants to use gays as a distraction for his dismal failures as a leader.
Andrew Sullivan offers his insight on the article and suggests that a protest is needed at the Sochi Olympics, one that protesters need to be prepared to be arrested for.
“Unpack your rainbow flags! Get ready to be arrested! Expose the neo-fascist regime’s classic tactics to maintain popular support by demonizing an already despised and marginalized minority. Putin wants the attention of the world in Sochi. Let’s make sure he gets it.”
But rest assured that there will be absolutely and positively no demonstrations or even ONE, just one fucking rainbow flag displayed during these games. Oh, yes, if there are any, the networks will make sure that the shots are not displayed worldwide and any attempts to do so will be squashed.