As it stands, the biggest problem facing the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is a lack of snow
But for many sports enthusiasts, the winter games are plagued for more
reasons than just weather conditions and logistics. The Wire has
rounded up some of the fiercest Olympics haters. The allegations range from racism to
classism to just plain boredom:
- It's Boring! exclaims Michael Williams: "No offense to Winter Olympic athletes, but your events are boring... At least the Summer Olympics has interesting sports like
swimming, shooting, lifting, fighting, and so forth...
On the other hand, the Winter Olympics has two sports: moving around on snow, and moving around on ice. The only Winter Olympic sport worth beans is the Biathlon because of this other well-known mathematical law: ∀x, guns + x = awesome."
- It's Basically Olympics for White People, writes the New York Press: "Let's face it: Ethiopians may make great
marathoners, but they don't do well in curling. A Jamaican bobsled team
was so hilarious it became the punch-line of a Hollywood movie. The
Winter Olymics are a festival of whiteness--on the ground and on the
- It's Thoughtless Enthusiasm En Masse, argues Chuck Klosterman
at Esquire: "The Olympics are designed for people who want to care
about something without considering why...In order to enjoy the
Olympics, you can't think critically about
anything. You just have to root for America (or whatever country you're
from) and assume that your feelings are inherently correct. It's the
same kind of antilogic you need to employ whenever you attend a
political convention or a church service or movies directed by Steven
- It's Classist and Rigged, complains Kate Chase at Associated Content: "Today's Olympian is frequently from a privileged family, or at least
from one that can devote all the family's resources to pay for pro
coaches and special programs. The same is true for the Olympics
Committee members as we learned during some of the scandals that have
come out after recent contests."
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