Sadly, Sayambhu Sen, it’s not just India where the idea of a World Cup football boycott is greeted with incredulity. I’ve received quite a lot of pushback on Twitter from people in Europe and the UK who feel that the idea of a boycott doesn’t make sense.

Those people are morally depraved, of course.

If the people who were being rounded up, tortured, and killed had different identities — say, if they belonged to particular nationalities, ethnicities, or religions; or if they were people with disabilities — then the world would be up in arms.

The idea that the World Cup could be held in Russia would be unthinkable.

That it’s only us queer people being rounded up, tortured, and killed makes it OK for most people, makes people perfectly OK about closing their eyes, pretending the concentration camps don’t exist, and watching their fucking football.

Let’s not let “identity politics” interfere with our sporting pleasure! We have beer to drink and songs to sing!

You queers can fend for yourselves. We have goals to cheer and and football stars to worship.

Jesus fucking Christ, but people are so morally revolting so much of the time.

Even The Guardian, which has called attention to the problem of severe LGBTQ persecution in Russia, carries on with copious World Cup reporting with nary a word about Russian atrocities in its multiple daily football articles.

It’s just nauseating.

And no, sadly, the problem is not limited to India.

The lack of basic human decency and simple morality is pervasive all over the world.


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