Not that it's any great hardship for me. I'm not exactly known for being a sports fan. People at work are always talking about football or cricket or soccer, but I can honestly say that most of the time I have no idea what they're going on about. Hell, when people ask me what my favourite sporting competition is, I always ask if Celebrity Poker counts.
But if I was going to watch something, the Winter Olympics would probably be it. After all, they've got ice skating. And bobsledding. And the one where the guy on the skis goes really fast down the hill and then jumps at the end.
And who doesn't love the one where they jump at the end?
But this year I decided against it. I've got far to many friends in the LGBTQ community to feel right about it given how Russia's been acting lately, so I scratched it off my TV watching schedule and decided to indulge in a couple of weeks of "How Clean Is Your House", "Escape To The Country" and "Auction Hunters".
In other words, my usual viewing schedule.
But a part of me wishes I was watching it, if only to see just what Germany is going to do next to thumb their noses at Russia's anti-gay stance.
First they chose a lovely rainbow motif for their opening ceremony uniforms [link]. I know that the official stance is that they're the colours of the Olympic rings or something like that, but I don't think any of us are actually buying it. Lets get real here, you don't pick a uniform that makes your team look like they just got back from Mardi Gras without knowing what sort of message it's going to give.
And then yesterday the couples figure skating team opted to do their routine to Glee's version of "Le Jazz Hot", a song from Victor/Victoria that was sung by a woman dressing as a man so she could pretend to be a cross-dresser. And they opted to use the version sung by a gay man who plays a gay man in what some people would argue is the most gay friendly television show ever [link]!
I have to say, Germany, that's some pretty impressive underhanded shade you're throwing there. You get the award for being the most passive-aggressive little buggers at the Winter Olympics.
Bless, you make me proud of my German heritage.