Why I won’t be covering the Olympics this year

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Hi! So my summer is a little harried and I’m off to take another short break; but before I leave, a quick programming note.

Later this month will be FoolishWatcher’s fifth birthday. Time certainly flies when you’re constantly terrified about the state of our democracy! But I point out the anniversary because I started FoolishWatcher to coincide with the 2016 Olympics. My fellow Tubularite and dear friend Bobby and I love the Olympics and love writing about the Olympics and thought the Games would be a great way to inaugurate the site.

Sadly, I’m not going to be writing about this year’s Olympics. It’s a hard decision, but one based primarily on the fact that I genuinely believe they should not be taking place. This virus is not under control, the people of Japan are not widely vaccinated, the athletes are not required to be vaccinated to participate, and I am worried that people will die as a result. It just does not feel right to me to write about the event while ignoring this very scary reality.

It’s heartbreaking because I do believe that the world does need to come together and celebrate, that we could use something as life-affirming and global as the Olympics after such a long dark storm. But we’re not there yet.

And just to be clear, this is not me protesting or trying to make some sort of difference. I do not take myself so seriously as to think it matters one whit to the IOC or NBC that I am not writing about the Games. Additionally, I will probably watch some part of the Games — Simone Biles is superhuman and I am only human, after all. But to write about them every day feels like tacit approval of the Games being held and honestly, I think the decision of the IOC and NBC to push forward despite the virus and the new variants surging around the world is crass and dangerous.

I do hope you understand and will see you next week!


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