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Should the United States boycott the 2014 Russian Olympics?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/23/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Ver

Con

Can you believe it? Russia has banned same sex marriage even when the rest of the world has accepted those who are homosexual, bisexual, and or whatever sexuality they are. Putin put down a law saying that "any non-traditional marriage is banned". What it's saying is that any non-straight marriage or any non-straight relationships is forbidden, banned. I refuse to miss out of the 2014 Olympics because of this and I refuse to ignore Russia's ignorant behavior. I say: TAKE A STAND!!!!!
imabench

Pro

As pro I am for the resolution that we should boycott the Russian Winter Olympics and con is against the resolution

For some reason, con believes we should boycott it also, so yeah....

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Debate Round No. 1
Ver

Con

How can one say we should boycott the Olympics?!
That is ridiculous! The Olympics is a gathering where many of the countries group under one roof or be in one stadium to compete in a friendly manner. Doesn't matter ethnicity, religion, or sexuality, we should all be able to participate in a worldly event. Russia shouldn't do such thing to ban people who's sexuality is other than straight, especially considering that the rest of the world or most of the rest of the world accept them for who they are.
imabench

Pro

"Doesn't matter ethnicity, religion, or sexuality, we should all be able to participate in a worldly event"

Exactly, but Russia is doing the opposite of letting everyone participate in a worldly contest by cracking down on acts of gayness to an absurd degree.

I mean to ban gay stuff from the Winter Olympics? That means you have to ban all figurative ice skating, all ice skaters, whatever the f*ck 'Luge' is, and also Bob-sleighing! (A bunch of guys cuddling together in one sled that looks a lot like a penis? sounds pretty gay if you ask me)

There are tons of reasons countries have boycotted the Olympics before.... The US boycotted the Olympics in 1916 because of some little thing called 'World War 1' and then again in 1940 and 1944 because of another minor affair called "World War 2'.... And then the US boycotted the Olympics in 1980 because Russia invaded Afghanistan before the US could...

There have been plenty of worse reasons for boycotting the Olympics then this one, so why not?
Debate Round No. 2
Ver

Con

I understand where Pros is coming from with the United States boycotting the Olympics before, but really not letting people be who they are is like taking away free will. What happened to "love knows no bounds"? And you are asking why we should boycott this? What happens to all the athletes who were training for this event and now cannot participate in a world wide sport event that many people wish to partake in, in some sort of way. Those who are a different sexuality than straight will be forced to either not participate in an event they have been training for, for a very long time or risk being arrested or have to pay a ridiculous amount of a fine.
imabench

Pro

"What happened to "love knows no bounds"? "

Ask the US, more then 3/4ths of states still outlaw Gay Marriage even though half of them let you marry your own cousin....

"What happens to all the athletes who were training for this event and now cannot participate"

Four more years to prepare for the next one. Most Winter Olympic Olympians can still compete long into their 40's since stuff like skiing and bobsledding arent as physical as typical sports. Hell there are people who are 67 who participate in Olympic events like shooting and dressage. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com...

"Those who are a different sexuality than straight will be forced to either not participate..... or risk being arrested"

Better to take 4 years off to get better then to go to a Russian prison would'nt you say? Id certainly opt for the former. Hell by boycotting the Olympics we would actually be protecting athletes from possible imprisonment!

crap im out of space

Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by anonymouse 3 years ago
anonymouse
so why didnt we boycott the london olympics? british troops are regularly massacring entire villages. on the home front, british cops regularly target black, and asian men.
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
man I thought I was going to win this one :(
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
no one has voted ....
so bored
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
XD
I enjoyed your censored moderation debate
I was very convinced
Posted by imabench 3 years ago
imabench
I promise not to derail the next one <3
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
in the end, this was a great debate
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
that's alright im winging this as well.
and it helps to practice this, because I need to right a speech on this.
Posted by imabench 3 years ago
imabench
for the record I have no idea what im doing here
Posted by Ver 3 years ago
Ver
why thank you Pro XD
Posted by imabench 3 years ago
imabench
Well played Con well played XDDD
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Vote Placed by DudeWithoutTheE 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's argument appeared to be 'Russia's behavior is horrible, therefore the US should not punish it.' Confusing, vs the sparse (given character limits) but logical output coming from Pro.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro was more analytical.
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Reasons for voting decision: This one was slightly confusing, Con was never very clear what side they were actually on but I think the more in-depth and convincing arguments were made by Pro.
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Reasons for voting decision: Wow, this got incredibly confusing. Conduct to Pro, because benchy actually argued his/her (OOH CONTROVERSIAL) side of the resolution, whereas Con appeared to be flip-flopping and I was never entirely sure which side of the motion she supported. S/G to Pro for having better spelling and grammar (note Con's use of multiple exclamation marks). Arguments to Pro for actually making a coherent case and consistently presenting new arguments as opposed to repeating the same similar rhetoric as Con did. No sources used.