A Chicago-area activist group protested Saturday at the Oak Brook headquarters of McDonald's corporation, 2111 McDonald's Dr., to take a stand against the fast food giant's sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Members and supporters of StonewallAgain are calling on McDonald's to demand a new venue for the Olympics instead of Sochi because of the Russian Federation's harsh anti-LGBT laws that were voted into place this summer. In a deal that lasts through 2020, McDonald's pays about $100 million to be sole retail food sponsor for each pair of Olympics in a four-year period.
The company has denounced the laws but has not called for any significant action on the part of the International Olympic Committee. In an Aug. 13 statement to Buzzfeed, McDonald's Spokesperson Heidi Barker said, "There's no room for discrimination under the Golden Arches …We support the International Olympic Committee's belief that sport is a human right and the Olympic Games should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and athletes."
StonewallAgain's founder, Mike Lackovich, dismissed the statement as platitudes. "They say the words but there is nothing behind them. They are just blanket statements."
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