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Jonathan Mahler

Russia's Big Gay Olympic Problem

Russia's decision to ban gay athletes from the 2014 Olympics is already causing problems for everyone involved. 

This Sochi Olympics business is getting serious, and it could prove to be quite a headache for NBC.

Last month, actor Harvey Fierstein called on the International Olympic Committee to demand that Russia retract its anti-gay laws or face a boycott of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. The IOC reportedly received assurances from "the highest level of government in Russia" that athletes and spectators would be exempt from the laws, which outlaw "homosexual propaganda." (What, exactly, is homosexual propaganda, you ask? How about this?)