Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

March 21, 2008

A Practical Plan to Implement a Citzens' Boycott of the Chinese Olympics

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 1:22 pm

It can be done! It could make a difference! I don’t know that the tech specs would be or how to set it up, but first things first.

Consider this proposal my friend, the writer David Samuels, sent me in response to my call to boycott the Chinese Olympics in order to refuse to enable their murderous crackdown on dissidents and on Tibetan demonstrators, not to mention the regime’s long history of shameless repression of human rights:

Dear Ron,

I can’t help but feel that watching the Beijing Olympics on NBC this summer has clear parallels with buying a ticket to the 1936 Munich Olympic games that helped Adolph Hitler cement his murderous rule.

While a campaign for an American GOVERNMENT
boycott of the Olympics is clearly futile at this point, we should
start a public campaign for a widespread CITIZEN boycott of
Olympics.

We could launch a global internet petition which would bind
signatories to not watch the Olympics and to put pressure on NBC to
give equal time to the Dalai Lama, the student leaders who fled China
after the Tienamen Square killings, and other victims of rampant Chinese government abuses.

While holding the Olympics in Beijing is obscene, there is no contractual reason why NBC has to acquiesce in producing a month-long television commercial for the biggest tyranny on the planet. NBC should stand up and do what’s right or risk being labeled an accessory to murder. The writers and actors who produce shows on NBC should stand up in public for the people that their network is condemning to death in forced labor camps and in Tibet.

We could also appeal to US athletes not to go and push for companies with some moral sense to offer endorsement deals for “clean” athletes — the ones who are willing to put their personal honor and the purity of their skill above the lure of receiving applause from the handpicked elite of the Chinese communist party.

I think it’s a brilliant plan. Forget governments. Use the net to mobilize the citizens of the world against these torturers and murderers–and their media enablers.

I’m curious, are there those reading this who would sign such a petition? Perhaps there would be a way for Pajamas Media to host it or to scope out the tech possibilities. Possibly you techies have some advice for how best it could be done.

It’s not too late to show the Chinese government there’s a price to be paid for its contempt for human rights.

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6 Comments »

  1. Your idea has merit. Have long supported the Tibetan freedom movement (though not my personal priority), and still idealize their spirituality (since the early sixties), have Tibetan and Buddhist art, as well as prayer flags flying on my patio, I would sign it. I visited mainland China three years ago, there is something remarkably dark and drab about the place. Walking in Tienamen Square on a Sunday I passed a line of plain clothes security agents strategically placed in the square adjacent to Mao’s tomb, the one closest as I walked by gave me one of the nastiest looks I’ve ever received… just walking by, he must have recognized the expression on my face. I might be too intimidated to go back if I thought they would be tracking me by computer record of the petition, it’s a chilling thought to realize that it is 1933 again in the world; This is all linked directly and indirectly to Afghanistan, Iraq, Taiwan, North Korea, Iran, Israel, the phony U.N. and 9-11, all aspects and part and parcel of the nature of the confrontation with the Hydra… Incidentally, I bought your Shakespeare book, it will be a long time before I’ll have time to read it. Solidarity with Israel at the coming 60th anniversary of the modern state, the islamic-left wing alliance is planning on wrecking the celebration… We’re speeding toward a tragic conflagration, Obama looks like a real life manchurian candidate…

    Comment by Barry Poladsky (Perfected Democrat) — March 21, 2008 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  2. Not a bad idea. Let’s say: I won’t watch and I won’t buy any of the products that sponsor the Olympics – you could compile a list of official sponsors.
    That’ll give IOC a huge incentive to never again place the Olympics in a country such as China, because, if they do, there won’t be any sponsors.
    I don’t think it’s possible to persuade the athletes not to go, except maybe a few of them.

    Comment by Ulla Lauridsen — March 22, 2008 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  3. I think we need to focus on one product such as the UFW and Cesar Chavez did with lettuce and grapes. Perhaps, “Do not purchase GE light bulbs until freedom’s light shines in China” and/or “Do not purchase toys made in China: Liberty is not a toy.”

    Comment by charlie finch — March 22, 2008 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  4. I think it’s a simple proposition: swear off television programs showing the Olympics. Don’t participate.

    This is supposed to be a world people thing. So… don’t participate. Don’t watch it.

    Who are the people on the Olympic Committee anyway? At one time, England’s Princess Anne was one of them. Well, letter writing campaigns to the individual members of the committee would certainly be in order.

    Comment by heather — March 23, 2008 @ 12:51 am | Reply

  5. Excellent plan. Widespread citizen boycotting of NBC’s broadcast and of the products that advertise during the Olympics will hit these entitites where they will feel it most – in their pocketbooks. And I’ve long felt athletes themselves should step-up and boycott playing in China – not just during the Olympics, but at any time. I cringe every year when I see the likes of Tiger Woods traipsing to late season golf tournaments in China in return for big appearance fees, while seemingly oblvious that that his mere appearance lends credibility and legitimacy to the tyranical regime.

    Clearly our government officials have abdicated their moral sense and cannot be counted on to provide any leaderhip on this issue, so we can look forward to the spectacle of Dubya grinning moronically and yukking it up with the Chi-Coms at the opening ceremony.

    Comment by Dennis — March 24, 2008 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  6. I think a citizen boycott of the olympics is a great idea, but I think, as commenter charlie finch suggests, that a consumer product boycott would make a more substantive difference. It also would speak to the larger problem, which is the validation given to, and investment in, China by Western governments and corporations, all in the interests of profit.
    In other words, China’s sinister regime has already been accepted, endorsed, even celebrated by the world’s democracies. The decision to hold the olympics in Beijing is perhaps just the icing on the cake.

    Comment by J Fontane — March 25, 2008 @ 10:56 am | Reply


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