The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin said on MSNBC’s “Deadline” on Wednesday that the United States faces “similar tendencies” toward LGBTQ people when discussing Qatar’s LGBTQ rights record, which included homosexuality as a crime.
When hosting the World Cup, Qatar banned players from wearing FIFA “OneLove” armbands.
Zirin said, “You know, this strongly reminds me of the Cold War period where the United States was lecturing the Eastern Bloc on human rights, and the answer was always, how do we- you the lesson? Look at Selma, look at Jim Crow. It has always been the battle between the human rights of foreign policy and domestic realities when people point out hypocrisies. And in this particular case, it’s so important to shine a light on what life is like for LGBTQ people in Qatar, but it’s also important to say that in our country, I mean, the show that you’ve been doing up to ‘now, you know, really emotional about Colorado Springs, or the laws against including trans kids in our society, or the fact that we have children’s hospitals in this country that are afraid to open their doors for fear of bomb threats. I mean, this all has to be part of our assessment of what’s happening in Qatar, because we’re facing similar trends back home. And if someone says to what I’m saying, well, Qatar is a state actor, in the United States it’s more like small-scale terrorism, I think that’s incredibly naive, when you look at the right side of the Republican Party and some news networks that are, I would say, state actors in this process.
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