Jul 28, 2013
joined My Stranger Face
Jul 28, 2013
commented on Why I'm Boycotting Russian Vodka
Wanting to do something about the situation in Russia is a good thing. Wanting to LOOK like you're doing something about the situation in Russia is just another way of being a media whore (I'm looking at you Dan Savage). I have no idea what we can do as Americans to change this situation, but I'm pretty such putting Stoli out of business (which this boycott won't even come close to doing) won't do a damn thing.
I'm not going to tell anyone that they should or shouldn't boycott anything here (I'll just get ripped by the all-powerful pro-boycott gay mafia), but I will ask you this: Do you really want the situation in Russia to change? Because if you do, jumping on a mobwagon of pouring vodka down the sewer is a pretty idiotic way to accomplish it.
Like I said, I have no idea what the answer is. So all I could think to do was send the following email (which I wrote myself -- what?!! I didn't sign on to a pre-written petition? I'm a madman) to the president, vice-president, both California senators and my congressman:
Dear [ ],
I'm writing to you because I'm not sure what as American citizens we can do to protect LGBT citizens of Russia. People are calling for boycotts of Russian Vodka and of the 2014 Winter Olympics. While those things make for good media sound bites, I feel they achieve little else.
So I'm writing to you to ask, what can our government do? Are there economic sanctions that can be put in place? Can the United Nations do anything to help?
Also, what can private citizens do? Is there anything I can do as a US citizen that can make a difference in this situation? I would like to help if I can.
Finally, thank you for your continued support of civil rights everywhere.