Patriot Games

Flags! Condoms! Controversies Are Sweeping the Olympics. Care?

ANDREA HIBBERT
Age 19
Resides Bronx
Occupation Student

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? It's one thing to be a patriot, and another to have every event be about September 11. Everywhere you look there's a flag. I also want to know why and how the Patriots won the Super Bowl. They don't get to the Super Bowl for 42 years, and all of a sudden, they're the champions? And what are their colors? Red, white, and blue.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? Yes. Regardless of your religion, the human race is based on sex. The Shakers died out because they didn't believe in having sex.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Arguing. I'm going to be a corporate lawyer, so I like to sit around and argue.



EMIR KUZBARI
Age 30
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Marketing coordinator

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? I think the events of September 11 are being marketed much too much. Go anywhere in the city and people are selling hats and photographs.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? I think the IOC should set the rules for the games. The Mormons have a right to express their opinions, but I think the athletes should be safe.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Ice hockey. If I were competing individually, I'd want to swim the 100-meter freestyle race. It's just you, the water, and the end of the pool. And a lot of breathing.


DAN HALLER
Age 18
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? I really don't see a reason not to fly it or carry it. Patriotism can't be a bad thing—well, that's not true, but in this case, it's just a flag with more meaning.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? I don't see how that would be a problem. I'm for safe sex.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Music. Playing the bass. I'd be willing to compete against Ron Wood, but I know I'd lose. Right now Victor Wooten from Béla Fleck's band is the guy to beat.


GAYNELL SHERROD
Age 42
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Educator

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? The Olympics is always about politics and full of sentimentality. But I think we're milking this too much, rubbing it in everyone's face, and, while trying to convince the rest of the world of our innocence, continuing to exert our imperialism.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? I think this issue is a superficial attempt by the IOC to address HIV/AIDS.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Track and field. Definitely.


KIM COIL
Age 29
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Graphic designer

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? I'm kind of fifty-fifty on the issue. I agree with the idea of it, but it is an international event.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? If it were me, I'd say, sure, hand out condoms, but you do have to respect the Mormons' beliefs.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Nintendo's Simpsons Road Rage game. I'm Apu, the clerk from Quickie Mart. He's got a Firebird. It's the fastest car.


DAVID GROSS
Age 24
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Financial analyst

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? I think it's an international event that we're really Americanizing, but you're criticized if you express any dissent.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? I don't have a problem with their being distributed, and I don't think that the Mormons will have a big effect on the games.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Literary review.


ANDREA GASTELUM
Age 20
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

How do you feel about flying the WTC flag at the Olympics? I think it's absolutely ridiculous. September 11 was a tragic event that we all have in our hearts. I think this flag issue is a further exploitation of the tragedy and of the dead. It's disgusting.

Should condoms be distributed at the games? Married people use condoms too. Whether or not Mormons believe in sex before marriage, people are going to have sex before marriage. We should be worried about stopping unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STDs.

If you were in the Olympics of anything, what would be your event? Yodeling.

 
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