Hmm . . . Objectively speaking, I think American Olympians have a point when they say a Canadian-made video released by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) is going too far when it links sexual diversity — same-sex relationships — with the luge doubles competition, in which one teammate lies on top of another.

According to a Reuters report on the Toronto Sun site:

In the 33-second video . . .  two figures sit at the start of a luge track, clad in black Lycra with red helmets and black face masks, and suggestively sway in slow motion. Accompanied by British 1980s electronic pop band Human League’s hit song “Don’t You want me baby”, a tagline flashes “The Games have always been a little gay. Let’s fight to keep them that way.”

CIDI have invited “the public to show their support for equality during the games by changing your Facebook profile picture to the silhouette of two lugers forming the equals symbol.”

American doubles luger Christian Niccum balks at the suggestion that the double luge competition is a gay sport, calling the video “ridiculous” and “a gross misinterpretation.” He says:

““It’s a gross misrepresentation of everything. All of it seems like a lie to me. When we were kids I didn’t get on the doubles sled thinking, well it never even crossed my mind, that ’oh, this is gay’. You think of like … wrestlers … football players, or whoever … ’oh it’s male on male contact so something is going on’. It’s just sportsmanship. When did we come so sexual about everything? “

Indeed, I think the video — and the Facebook imagery — may be contributing to a false stereotype, and CIDI has crossed the line with it.

CIDI should apologize.

– Jillian

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