Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Olympics



Love this banner. The idea of letting China hold the olympic games is so revolting to me, and I wonder what I can do. (Besides the usual writing letters, signing petitions and going to protests).

Something different... Makes me think of the Yarn Harlots Knitting Olympics - surely there is something we crafters can do to express our dis-satisfaction and help out as well? Maybe, maybe not.

Will need thinking, I think.

4 comments:

Lara said...

Let's do a "olympic knitting boycott". We still knit, we just don't watch the Olympics.

I've discussed it with Inigo, and he reckons that an athlete boycott won't work, but a TV boycott would. If nobody watches the sport, nobody sees the ads, and no bugger makes money out of the spectacle.

Priscilla said...

Great idea to do something about the Olympics. There must be something we can do to incorporate creativity and action :)
Did you see Amnesty's new anti-China Olympics website? Uncensor

Anonymous said...

Do you care to list why you think China shouldn't hold the games? Is it because of the Tibet Farce?

Here are some facts, Tibet has been part of China since the Yuan Dynasty of the 1200's. It was part of the Republic of China as well. Since the People's Republic of China has come to power in 1949, life expectancy has risen 20+ years and mortality rates have fallen. They are now able to worship with freedom (yes, in Communist China) and are experiencing better lives.

Also, one fact you will never notice is that the protests in Lhasa is that people of Tibetan ancestry targeted Han Chinese business only. Not the military or the government, just their neighbors who happened to be of Han discent. Is this not racist? Why don't you call those people out for their attacks on 'Human Rights'?

And how about the protesters on the Torch Route? Attacking a woman in a wheelchair? Of course, her 'Human Rights' aren't important.

The fact is, Tibet is the hot cause now and you all want to support the downtrotten Tibeten people, but after 8-8-08 you won't care anymore and will get back to knitting and bitching how the world sucks. Instead you should learn more about China, and pay a visit or immerse yourself in the culture rather than picking up yet another bumper sticker cause.

PS - I am in Beijing now and this will be the greatest and most flawless Olympics in our lifetime. So feel free not to watch, but the rest of the world will be and will be treated to a spectacular event.

M-H said...

Oh dear, anonymous. I hope you feel better for having got that off your chest. Who cares what the rest of the world will do? If you don't like what you read here, don't read here. Simple.