Sochi Olympic gay videos: luge and Channel 4 bring gay to the games.

New Ads Bring Gay to Sochi (Whether They Like It or Not)

New Ads Bring Gay to Sochi (Whether They Like It or Not)

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Feb. 6 2014 4:00 PM

Bringing Gay to the Games

Watch out! We hear there are bears on Gay Mountain ...

Still from "Gay Mountain."

As part of the build-up to the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi on Friday evening, the effort to keep the media focused on Russia's heinous anti-LGBTQ law (and the vigilante violence it has facilitated) has intensified as well. While it's important to take the terror going on in Russia seriously, as Outward's Mark Joseph Stern did in this recent post, sometimes a little of Dolly Parton's "laughter through tears" is in order—which is pretty much what these two viral Sochi-mocking videos provide. 

The first, from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, demonstates the, um, masculine sensuality of one of the Winter Games' most terrifying sports


Britain's Channel 4 created the second one, which we can only hope is a sampling of the Opening Ceremony's design scheme:  

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor and the editor of Outward. He covers life, culture, and LGBTQ issues.