Not Laughing at #SochiProblems: Some People Have to Live There, You Know

from my most recent post at Religion News Service…

Look, I get it: people don’t go to the Olympics expecting to endure what seems to them like developing-world problems. There are serious concerns and controversies about the winter Olympics at Sochi, and it’s hard not to see the ridiculous mishaps as a humorous end to so much arrogance mixed with incompetence on the part of the government. But from where I sit (literally), most of the jokes about the conditions at Sochi just make me cringe; the Instagrammed ‘hilarity’ strikes me as so much poverty porn. Because a lot of people actually have to live under such incompetence, and not just for a few weeks. And that’s not easy.

"Babushka Lives Here," by Anton Novoselov. Courtesy Anton Novoselov via Flickr Creative Commons.
"Babushka Lives Here," by Anton Novoselov. Courtesy Anton Novoselov via Flickr Creative Commons.
“Babushka Lives Here,” by Anton Novoselov. Russia, 2013. Photo courtesy Anton Novoselov via Flickr Creative Commons.
{read the whole post at Religion News Service here.}