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The Art Of An Olympic Boycott: Moscow 1980 Vs Sochi 2014

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OK, so a boycott of the Sochi Winter Games is not going to happen & was a terrible idea to begin with. But let's check out some common themes used in art by boycott advocates today and 34 years ago. Here's a parallel slalom for #Moscow1980 and #Sochi2014 boycott propaganda. Whoosh!

#Moscow1980: Misha the mascot (with a friend)

#Sochi2014: the three sad amigos mascots

The Polar Bear, the Hare, and the Leopard are the mascots for Sochi. Change.Org doesn't envy them.
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The Polar Bear, the Hare, and the Leopard are the mascots for Sochi. Change.Org doesn't envy them.

#Moscow1980: a Russian tank with rings

Newsweek readers in the White House answered this one wrong.There will be no cover story for Sochi in Newsweek, it's now an all-digital outlet because most of us get our news right here on BuzzFeed.
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Newsweek readers in the White House answered this one wrong.

There will be no cover story for Sochi in Newsweek, it's now an all-digital outlet because most of us get our news right here on BuzzFeed.

#Sochi2014: a Russian helicopter with rings

Is it the same Mi-17 'copter bought by the United States from Russia for the Afghan army? Wait, remind me what the Moscow 1980 hush was about?
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Is it the same Mi-17 'copter bought by the United States from Russia for the Afghan army? Wait, remind me what the Moscow 1980 hush was about?

#Moscow1980: "May we assist you, please?"

Pop quiz: how many of you BuzzFeeders know who Sakharov was?
ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via postalovsky-a.livejournal.com

Pop quiz: how many of you BuzzFeeders know who Sakharov was?

#Sochi2014: "May we assist you, please?"

Do not, do not go to The Washington Post for your daily news about terrorism threats in Sochi. Stay here, keep scrolling.
ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via ellustrator.livejournal.com

Do not, do not go to The Washington Post for your daily news about terrorism threats in Sochi. Stay here, keep scrolling.

#Moscow1980: the Berlin Wall

ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via http://tipolog.livejournal.com; Amnesty International (West Germany)

#Sochi2014: the Kremlin Wall

Did Amnesty Int'l-West Germany want to add something about the photoshopped scene here?
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Did Amnesty Int'l-West Germany want to add something about the photoshopped scene here?

#Moscow1980: Brezhnev the Entertainer

#Sochi2014: Putin the Entertainer

#Moscow1980: the swastika

#Sochi2014: the swastikas

And now a message for our sponsors..
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And now a message for our sponsors..

#Moscow1980: the Olympic podium

Pravda, John McCain's favorite newspaper. Also Dick Cheney's most appreciated quality in friends.
ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via tipolog.livejournal.com

Pravda, John McCain's favorite newspaper.

Also Dick Cheney's most appreciated quality in friends.

#Sochi2014: the Olympic podium

"Amnesty-shmamnesty," said the world. "Panem et circenses!"
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"Amnesty-shmamnesty," said the world. "Panem et circenses!"

#Moscow1980: barbed wire

#Sochi2014: barbed wire

Technological progress.
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Technological progress.

#Moscow1980: all the sports you'll be missing

#Sochi2014: all the sports you'll be missing

#Moscow1980: Putin on a tank!

Okay-okay, it's Brezhnev. With Osama Bin Laden. Did they both drone themselves to death?
ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via tipolog.livejournal.com

Okay-okay, it's Brezhnev. With Osama Bin Laden. Did they both drone themselves to death?

#Sochi2014: Putin in a tank!

Okay-okay, it's not a tank it's a Katyusha, reinvented as "Stalin's Organ."
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Okay-okay, it's not a tank it's a Katyusha, reinvented as "Stalin's Organ."

#Rio2016: Putin in a tank on a tank

Yours for 22.99 plus sh&h. Warning: will NOT ship to individual customers in Russia. (Buy in bulk.)
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Yours for 22.99 plus sh&h. Warning: will NOT ship to individual customers in Russia. (Buy in bulk.)

#Moscow1980: adorable Brezhnev

#Sochi2014: adorable Putin

#SanFrancisco2042: adorable Putin à la Brezhnev

Also known as "Chicken Kiev."(Caution: #Seattle2042 has a better chance.)
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Also known as "Chicken Kiev."

(Caution: #Seattle2042 has a better chance.)

#Moscow1980: bear surprise!

It's Misha err it's boycott!
ic.pics.livejournal.com / Via tipolog.livejournal.com

It's Misha err it's boycott!

#Sochi2014: bear surprise!

Grrr, it's Stalin.
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Grrr, it's Stalin.

Bear Surprise!

John Lurie is a god in Russia.
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John Lurie is a god in Russia.

#Moscow1980: the anarchist's noose

#Sochi2014: the hangman's noose

Moscow1980: rings as handcuffs

#Sochi2014: rings as handcuffs

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#Sochi2014: & another message for our sponsors

NBC sold more than 33 billion rubles in ads already. They're lucky their logo isn't round shaped.
scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net / Via Facebook: Boycott Sochi 2014 Community

NBC sold more than 33 billion rubles in ads already. They're lucky their logo isn't round shaped.

Remember, kids!

nadiakhuzina.com / Via Nadia Khuzina

But why?

Because it's been tried. The 1980 Boycott was a disaster. (written on the pant: U.S. Administration.)
img-fotki.yandex.ru / Via denis-strebkov.livejournal.com

Because it's been tried. The 1980 Boycott was a disaster.

(written on the pant: U.S. Administration.)

Words to live by:

"Don't trust, don't fear, don't beg."
Via korzonews.info.iis2102.shared-servers.com

"Don't trust, don't fear, don't beg."

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