Mr. Sulu has a great idea that won't work, but it's worth talking about anyway.
George Takei, who used to steer the U.S.S. Enterprise as Lt. Sulu in Star Trek, proposes moving the 2014 Winter Olympics to Vancouver from Sochi, Russia.
The Russian government is, deservedly, getting hammered by right-thinking democracies for threatening to, as Takei puts it, "enforce its law against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans."
"…Anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag… would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported," he writes.
So, he says, the Games should be moved. He reasons that Vancouver's facilities from the 2010 Games are in good shape and the move would be fairly easy to accomplish.
Not really. You can't just pick up an Olympics and move it holus bolus from one side of the world to another within six months. It would be a huge financial and technical challenge, and it isn't going to happen.
Which is too bad, because Russia doesn't deserve to have the Games - its anti-gay stance is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of the Olympics.
Granted, there is some recent fuzziness about Russia's intentions. One spokesman said athletes will not be allowed to "propagandize" on the streets. Another has said the nation's anti-gay legislation won't affect those attending the Games.
While the message from Russia's leaders is becoming a little murky, the return message should be clear - a law that bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" will be rejected.
Boycotts are being talked about but Takei is right about them, too. They don't work, and they simply punish the athletes and sports fans. But that doesn't mean nothing can be done.
If athletes and spectators were to ignore the Russian government's idiotic law and make a point of promoting solidarity with the LGBT community each and every day, in every sports venue, throughout the Olympics, the day would soon be won.
Can you imagine, for example, a Russian cop confronting a burly luge competitor during the opening ceremony, or an agile speed skater in the Olympic Village? The police would find it impossible to enforce such a bad law, not to mention it would quickly become politically unpalatable to do so.
Russia's affront to civil liberties calls for united action. Let the Games stay in Sochi, without boycotts, and use them instead to take a clear message to Vladimir Putin next February that discriminatory laws won't be tolerated.
And on that, Mr. Sulu, give us Warp Factor 10.
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