Unbearably adorable actor Ian Mckellen has some sagely advice pertaining to the Olympics. While promoting his two Broadway plays, No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, the world-class actor had some thoughtful things to say to The Wall Street Journal about the potential for a meaningful boycott and the importance of this world-historical event for the LGBT and global community:
“The Olympics is a very special event and the people involved, of course, probably the climax of their lives. If we were to not hold the games because of the internal politics of the country in question, the problem is they would never take place … As a gay man it is absolutely appalling that this law has been passed which would inhibit me and any gay athletes that would go to Russia to be simply themselves … I think what would be wonderful is if all the athletes, gay and straight, and the Olympic authorities were to make clear that they absolutely disapprove of it and they are going to ignore it, not because they don’t care but because the spirit of the Olympics must take precedence.”
While this opinion is surely not the only one on the issue, I found myself strangely compelled to agree, largely because of the dulcet tones of his soothing voice. I guess they don’t call him the Master of Magnetism for nothing.
You can watch the full clip below.