Sorry, Sport is not a human right.

Bravo for Google for entering into the fray on the side of freedom for homosexuals. I mean it, seriously, companies are natural proxies for the political and economic interests of their owners and employees and have ready access to the kind of cash and media access that makes a difference. It may be the work of moments to put up and image on a website but all the thought and creative work that goes into making it, the amortisation of the capital goods employed to publish it, and the serious amounts of time that will be invested in dealing with the consequences are non-trivial costs. If the owners permit some of their resources at the company to be used for this, then I think this is a good thing in need of being repeated.

© Google

© Google

That said, I’m not sure I appreciate “sport is human right” getting plastered all over the place. It’s worded a bit thoughtlessly and you canbe sure someone will remember that the next time the sports budget needs to be cut. They will say “but as the lovely Olympic people say sport is a human right, why are you not paying for my sport?” and you can be sure as hell it is the very same people – Google and other companies – that end up paying for it.

Congratulations to Google, for making the right decision to get involved, but use a better quote next time.


  1. Feels good when a giant does something honourable. I don’t think the quote was a bad one, I think it sends the right message.
    Though, yeah, people expecting their rights to be protected by having it paid for, that’s wrong. What the gov. can legitimately do is protect people’s rights judicially.



    1. It sends the right message for today – for today it is very well selected and appropriate. It is the implications for tomorrow that make me grouchy, and spoil a happy occasion.



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