This year’s Winter Olympic Games is under a lot of debate due to its host country’s controversial nature. China is the host for the year. The Chinese government is in international hot water over reported human rights violations.
From accusations about genocide to those about ethnic cleansing, the government certainly has a lot to answer for. Late last year, the U.S and several other countries declared a diplomatic boycott of the sports event because it is yet to answer for its crimes.
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In more recent news, citizens are making their own move to boycott the games. Megan McCain, the former co-host of “The View,” posted some images on Instagram. She tagged the Winter Games as “#GenocideGames” and declared that she wouldn’t waste a minute of her time tuning in.
McCain Said The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Are ‘Genocide Games’
McCain is known for being plain when voicing her feelings right from her time on “The View.” The former tv host recently spoke about the 2022 Winter Olympics and her feelings towards it. On Friday, the games kicked off with an impressive opening ceremony, but McCain wasn’t having any of it.
The author took to social media to bash the event in Beijing, China. She mentioned the controversy currently happening in the nation concerning human rights violations by the Chinese government. McCain also posted an image via her Instagram feed made by Chinese artist badiucao. The image was created to protest the actions of the country.
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The 37-year-old captioned the post, “I will not watch one minute of the @Beijing2022.” She then added a hashtag, “#GenocideGames.” McCain also shared two other pictures by badiucao on her Instagram story. The three posts showed the athletes wearing red, harming innocent bystanders with various sporting instruments. These included a hockey stick, a coronavirus curling stone, and a biathlon rifle.
McCain Shared Another Statement On Twitter
The former host didn’t stop at just Instagram. McCain took to Twitter to talk about her decision to avoid the 2022 Winter Olympics. She accused the sports event of helping spread propaganda for the current Chinese regime.
There is no reason to watch a Winter Olympics that is holding up and spreading propaganda for a regime that is committing actual genocide and ethnic cleansing – on top of poisoning the world and killing 6 million people.
Absolute shame on the international community for this.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 4, 2022
McCain wrote, “There is no reason to watch a Winter Olympics that is holding up and spreading propaganda for a regime that is committing actual genocide and ethnic cleansing – on top of poisoning the world and killing 6 million people. Absolute shame on the international community for this.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) modified their official motto from “Faster, Higher, Stronger” to “Faster, Higher, Stronger — Together” last year. The minor change was made to show a spirit of unity and solidarity for the Olympic Games.
President Joe Biden Declared A Diplomatic Boycott Of The Beijing Games
In December last year, President Biden’s administration announced a diplomatic boycott of this year’s Olympic Games. This indicated that no official representatives would be sent to attend or represent the nation.
Countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K., and several others did the same. The countries also gave similar reasons for their national boycott of the Winter Olympics. In a recent briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki cited what led to this decision.
Psaki mentioned that the “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses” in the current Chinese government’s administration led to the government’s decision to extend a message of disapproval.
He said, “U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these Games as business as usual in the face of the [People’s Republic of China] ‘s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang. And we simply can’t do that.”
Advocacy Groups Call For More Winter Games Boycott
Human Rights Watch was joined by some advocacy groups worldwide the call for more boycotts. Via a press release, the groups reached out to governments around the world to boycott the sports event and “for athletes and sponsors not to legitimize government abuse.”
Sophie Richardson, who holds the position of China Director at Human Rights Watch, released a statement. She said, “It’s not possible for the Olympic Games to be a ‘force for good,’ as the International Olympic Committee claims, while the host government is committing grave crimes in violation of international law.”
Before the U.S. announced their boycott in December, The President of IOC, Thomas Bach, appeared in an interview with a German news agency called DPA. According to Reuters, he said, “What is our responsibility and what are our limits? Our responsibility is to run the games in accordance with the Olympic Charter.”
“Going beyond this, expecting that Olympic Games can fundamentally change a country, it’s political system or its laws, is a completely exaggerated expectation,” Bach continued. “The Olympics cannot solve problems that generations of politicians have not solved.”