Munich 11 Postscript

August 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

It seems pressure remains high on IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge to honor the Munich 11.  I couldn’t be gladder.  I am not deluded enough to believe he will bow to international opinion, but I am heartened by the attention the issue has received.

In “Doing the Right Thing” and “Bearing the Torch”, Ken Kovacs and I presented our own reasons we felt honoring the Olympians slain in Munich in 1972 was a societal and moral imperative.  We were far from alone in our pleas, and our voices joined many others, some of whose actions spoke louder than words.

Here are some examples of how people from all corners of the globe have made their opinions known.

1.  Bob Costas followed through on plans to hold his own moment of silence during the opening ceremonies, while the Israeli athletes entered the stadium, in protest of the IOC’s refusal to do so.

2.  At least 200 people held their own tribute in Trafalgar Square to the fallen athletes on the morning the London Olympics began.  Over 20,000 were reported to participate in other venues throughout the host city.

3.  More than 30 members of the Italian delegation held it’s own tribute to show solidarity with Israel and the familes of the slain athletes.  They stood with members of the Israeli delegation outside the quarters of the Israeli athletes for a minute of silence.

4.  18-year-old Aly Raisman, the Jewish-American girl who captured gold with her floor routine (fittingly performed to “Hava Nagila”,) paid tribute to the Munich 11 in her interviews with reporters after her victory.  She diplomatically, but pointedly, said she would have supported and respected a moment of silence had the IOC chosen to hold one.

5.  Finally, ever the optimist, Former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler wrote to Mr. Rogge.  He insisted it is not too late to do what is right.  He asked Rogge to redeem himself by holding a moment of silence for the slain Israeli athletes and coaches during the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony.  It’s a moving and poignant plea, which at the same time, pulls no punches in its analysis of what denying this request would signify.

I am not holding my breath.  I am, however, moved and comforted that so many around the world have rallied to the sides of these families who suffered through the ultimate loss while the Games went on.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank them.


I Heart Chevrolet.

August 9, 2012 § 9 Comments

Someone listened!  They really did!!!  ME!!!  I changed the world!!!  WOOOOOOOOT!!!!!

Okay, maybe I’m reaching here.  If my daily blog hits reach into double digits, I do a victory dance.  (No, I will not post a video of the victory dance.  It’s enough that the people who have witnessed it in person are still running around in circles trying to poke out their mind’s eye with a fork.)

Last fall and winter, I did a good bit of blogging about gender issues.  Roles, stereotypes, perceptions, treatment in the media, politics – all related to gender.  A couple of those posts focused on the condescending and misguided launch of the pink Lego line of toys.  At the end of it, though, I still backed the idea of buying the pink Legos – but buying them for boys as well as for girls.  (I was particularly incensed by this Today Show clip, wherein Donnie Deutch, Matt Lauer, and Nancy Snyderman openly mocked the notion that a parent might ever be brave enough to buy pink toys for their son.  Morons.)  So, if you’re in the mood, you can read my powerful and irrefutable logic regarding pink and pink legos here, here and here.  For those of you who can’t handle that much brilliance in one sitting, here’s a brief summary.

Every color should be for both genders.  Including pink.  The end.  Or something like that.  Trust me, I’m more articulate in the links provided above, so just go read them.

So, imagine my joy and surprise when I was watching the Olympics, and this commercial for Chevy trucks came on.

Notice anything?  ANYONE NOTICE ANYTHING?  It’s an ad for a TRUCK.  The little boy in the ad is playing with a toy version of the TRUCK.  In his lovely toy world he has set up for this truck are PINK THINGS.  Yes.  A pink house, pink ponies, girls in pink, etc.  Among other toys included in this imaginary world are monkeys, a rocket, a Ken doll, and a Barbie-type doll with DARK hair who is dressed like a badass.  (Yes, her proportions are ridiculous.  Yes, her midriff is showing.  I addressed my thoughts on issues like these in other blog posts.)  Even lovelier, though, is that this inclusion of pink in a boy’s world is treated in the commercial as a total non-issue – as I’ve been arguing for YEARS that it should be.

Way to go, Chevrolet.  I wish I could afford to buy a Chevy truck for the sole purpose of making a statement of support and appreciation.  A Chevy TOY truck will have to do for now.  In the meantime, Donnie Deutch, Matt Lauer and Nancy Snyderman can kiss My Little Pony’s pink butt.

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