Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olympic HNT with flag of Tibet.


Anonymous said...

HHNT! Thanks for stopping by!

Betty Rocket said...

Nice :) Canadian shirt, Tibetian flag


Helga Hansen said...

I'm so glad someone else thinks the way I do! I'll echo the "Free Tibet" call!

Happy HNT!

Dana said...

Ah-ha! You are the second "Free Tibet" HNT I've seen today. Political statements are always a good thing ...

Kittie Kate said...

I agree with your political statement.

Happy HNT!

Elle said...

Happy HNT and thanks for stopping by my blog!


Rogue said...

Thank you, all of you. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this, and that you guys agree with the sentiment.

When Osbasso announced the Olympic theme, he suggested that we avoid the "politics" of the Olympics. I largely agree with that idea in general, preferring to view the Games as competition between talented individuals who 'just happen' to be from nations throughout the world, rather than a competition between nations per se.

I also like Osbasso's idea to encapsulate the idea of the Games in its Greco-Roman sensual best. Being a lover of ancient mythology and cultures (this blog itself being dedicated to Aphrodite), I'd like nothing more than seeing images of you all greased in olive oil, sporting togas, and working up a sweat outside the temple at Delphi.

But. China is China. In my immediate neighborhood of Toronto, there is probably the largest immigrant population of Tibetans in North America. My entire home area is up in (figurative) arms about this issue, and the nearby immigrant Chinese neighborhoods have responded in kind, with placards and Tshirts everywhere reading "I Love China" and "One China!" and the like.

Canada is, to date, the only nation on earth that has had the balls to recognize the Dalai Lama as a head of state in addition to being a great spiritual leader. Add to that that our Prime Minister has refused to attend the ceremonies of the Games. The Chinese aren't exactly happy with us.

So, as much as I enjoy what Osbasso was seeking, I just couldn't ignore the relevance of making some small statement.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled smutty programming...

Ms. Inconspicuous said...

Oh you. *shakes head* IT just figures, doesn't it? :)

I find this pretty interesting, actually, the deeper implications of a Beijing Olympics. It's a support-of-China, a coming out of the "new" China--and yet one is torn between the political implications and the desire to ignore the politik for the sake of the athlete.

Owing that there isn't an alternate vehicle for athletic showmanship outside of the Olympics (or, at least, not on such a grand scale), one cannot help but compete--despite feelings about the hosting country. So I think it's a bit of a catch-22 for the athletes and countries/people that wish to support them for their bodily dedication. How can one without making a political statement of support--or, at very least, apathy?

Anyway. /rambling.

Oh yeah. Happy HNT!