Boycott Beijing Olympics coverage

I’ve decided (in fact, Moac convinced me) that our household is going to be Olympics-free for the next 14 days. I didn’t watch the opening ceremony; I don’t care about the rowing, soccer, swimming, horse riding or any other shit.

I’m with the rebels of Xinjiang and the Falun Gong. China has a repressive regime, a crap record on human rights and it’s not right that the rest of the world is in thrall to these gangsters.

I’m going to join the blogring boycott too. I found out about it from this dedicated blog: Boycott 2008 Olympics

I’m not going to watch TV1 for the next two weeks, I won’t be catching any highlights shows on skysport and I won’t be reading about the medal count etc in the newspapers, I will be turning off Morning Report when they cross to Beijing for sport stories.

The fun and games in South Ossetia are much more interesting and important.

So, this is the utmost in hypocrisy from the Chinese government:

BEIJING, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Chinese state media urged a ceasefire between Russia and Georgia on Saturday, invoking the “sacred” opening of the Beijing Olympics to call for both sides to stop fighting over South Ossetia.
China’s grand opening for the Games on Friday was overshadowed by military confrontation between Russia and Georgia over the disputed breakaway region of South Ossetia.
Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency was quick to hold up the spirit of the Beijing Olympic Games in calling for the two European countries to stop fighting.
“The eighth of August 2008 was a sacred day,” said the commentary. “With the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, the world has entered an Olympic period….During these special days, the outbreak of armed clashes in South Ossetia is something the world’s people do not wish to see.”
At the same time of course the Chinese are cracking down on dissent in many forms. The Islamic separtists in the west, Falun Dafa practitioners demanding freedom of belief and thousands of residents of Beijing whose lives have been disrupted by the Olympic Games.
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one calling for a boycott. Skeptical Bastard at the Daily Kos agrees:

Boycott Olympics and its Sponsors Today!

Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 08:34:05 AM PDT

This will be short and sweet.  At least one other diarist has called for a boycott of watching the Beijing Summer Olympics on TV.  To that I say Right On!

I also think we should boycott the games because the greedhead corporate sponsors are totally afraid of it.

“We believe the Olympic Games are not the place for demonstrations and we hope that all people attending the games recognize the importance of this.” Thus spake Samsung Electronics, one of 12 major corporate sponsors of the Olympics, when asked last week whether recent events in Tibet were causing them any concern. Coca-Cola, another Olympics sponsor, has stated that while it would be inappropriate “to comment on the political situation of individual nations,” the company firmly believes “that the Olympics are a force for good.” The chairman of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, was also quick to declare that “a boycott doesn’t solve anything”—just as quick as he was to dismiss the demonstrators who waved a black banner showing five interlocked handcuffs, in mockery of the Olympic symbol, at Monday’s lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece. “It is always sad to see such a ceremony disrupted,” he declared, rather pompously.

Anne Applebaum in Slate, March 2008

Human Rights Watch is also condemning China over ongoing abuses and broken promises.

" The Chinese government and the International Olympic Committee have had seven years to deliver on their pledges that these games would further human rights. Instead, the Beijing Games have prompted a rollback in some of the most basic rights enshrined in China’s constitution and international law. "
Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Then there’s Darfur – which is not in China, but it’s linked. See below:

There’s even a suggestion, which I quite like that Beijing is the “genocide Olympics” because of it’s position on Tibet:

Finally, remember that China is also one of the largest prisons in the world and according to Reporters Without Borders, incarcerates more than its fair share of reporters, editors and bloggers.

All good reasons to boycott Beijing and the coverage. There’s plenty of other stuff to do, such as watch DVDs, walk the dog, play with the cat, have sex, drink martinis, read a book, write a blog post. Don’t let sport and television run your life.

I’d be happy to catch up with anyone who needs to get out of the house to get away from the TV. I’ll join you on a walk, or we can sit in a quiet bar where there’s no television. I’m sure if we go to the Brooklyn they’ll change the channel if I ask them to.

15 Responses to Boycott Beijing Olympics coverage

  1. I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  2. [...] ethicalmartini wrote an interesting post today on Boycott Beijing Olympics coverage. Here’s a quick excerpt: [...]

  3. [...] 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Boston.com’s The Big Picture is the obvious place to find images from the Big O. A little repetitive, perhaps. Related (in the interest of balance): Boycott Beijing Olympics coverage. [...]

  4. [...] coverage I like I posted earlier today about my household’s boycott of the Olympics; the cats are down with [...]

  5. [...] wish to use the Olympics for their advantage, rights advocates can do the same. Let’s not boycott the Olympics, let us use the event to draw attention to the issues. And lets enjoy the sports while [...]

  6. Bex says:

    I agree about the whole human rights issue, but surely a boycott of the Olympics isn’t the way to go around it.
    What about boycotting made in China products?

  7. Hi Bex, how are you?
    A boycott of Chinese products would be interesting. Given how much stuff is now made in China we’d have
    1. no hammers, nails, screws or other hardware
    2. clothing only made in Myannmar (that’s a bust)
    3. no dried shitake mushrooms, cantonese sauces or shark fin soup (how will we cope)
    4. no china – which is made in…yep, China
    5. eventually we’d run out of steel and plastic etc and we’d have mountains of dirty brown coal that we can’t sell.

    I’m all in favour as I think it would bring down the global economy and that’s good for humanity.

  8. Medusa says:

    Fresh air sounds so much better, meet you at the Brooklyn

    btw: Channel 7 in Oz are in a little hot water with the 5 ring obsessed for daring to interrupt their “exclusive rights” (not sure that’s the right term when you can flick to SBS & watch stuff anyway) stop the world for the Olympics coverage for their scheduled AFL commitments over the weekend.

  9. Kim Soon says:

    Since it is too late for boycotting Beijing Olympic, it is better if we start preparing ourselves for boycotting London Olympic 2012 due to its policies in Afganistan, Iraq, etc.

  10. [...] you’re not happy with the fact China is hosting The Games, then I expect you to completely boycott the entire event  – that means no watching it live, no watching the highlights (that includes news footage), and [...]

  11. ethicalmartini says:

    Kim Soon said why not start preparing for London 2012.
    OK, I have taken up that challenge.
    I have formed a Facebook group called “Shutdown London 2012“. It’s open to anyone. The idea is crowd-sourcing.
    Imagine if we all converged on central London and just stood around outside all the Olympic venues. No one would be able to get in – spectators or atheletes. The TV coverage would be wiped and therefore all the profits associated with the games.
    A large, non-violent convergence that through sheer weight of numbers forces the Olympics to shutdown.

  12. [...] Chinese case is also interesting, as we’ve seen throughout the build up to the Beijing Olympics.  China’s record on human rights at home (not to mention Tibet) and the unbridled expansion [...]

  13. [...] Regular readers will know that I am avoiding the Olympics. I am staging my own personal protest by boycotting the coverage and taking absolutely no notice of events, or the medal tally. But I’m also looking at [...]

  14. Jill says:

    Boycott London 2012.

    The US small dog (named United Kingdom) is carrying out MASS MURDER in Iraq in an illegal war.

    The people of Diego Garcia has been expelled from their island by the British. Now the US is using Diego Garcia to torture prisoners. UK is participation in TORTURE activities.

    London is a racist city. Full of young Male Racists smelling alcohol. They eat pudding and bread all day. The city is smoky and it rains everyday. London is HELL full of video cameras spying on you everywhere.

    BOYCOTT LONDON 2012.

  15. William says:

    Something in common! I too, support Falun Gung most especially – its enlightened policy on interracial marriage – they’re not exactly for it. Li Hongzhi’s rants on the evils of interracial mixing being positively inspiring. It’s just good to see others with the same view. Down with the Communists!

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