Jokes About Russia's Olympics Ban Force Putin To Be A Punchline
Russia may have been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics, but we're no closer to agreeing that the country interfered in the last U.S. election — nor what to do about it. Following the IOC's decisive ban of the country from the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, many of the jokes about Russia's Olympic ban flooding Twitter used election interference as its punchline. "Now that Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics you think we can also ban them from the 2018 US Midterm Elections?" wrote filmmaker Jeremy Newberger.
Of course, there's nothing funny about a generation of Olympic athletes having their dreams squashed because they happen to live in Russia. Nor is there anything amusing about Russia's attempt to throw the election in Trump's favor, which was confirmed earlier this year by the FBI and the CIA. (Trump has refused to condemn or acknowledge Russia's election meddling.) There is an irony in action, however, when it comes to Russia being brutally punished for a systematic doping scheme — and hardly affected, at least thus far, by collusion between Russia and high-ranking administration officials.
Next year, both the United States and the IOC will see major tests: The Winter Olympics, for which sanctions have been determined to stop Russia from interfering, and the 2018 midterms, which are already shaping up to be a hard-fought battle for control of the House and Senate. Tensions are beginning to mount in regard to both.
A Focus On Participating
The Russians have been banned from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. They'll have to focus instead on participating in the 2018 midterm elections.— (@comedycentral) #
Gets The U.S. Of A.
Russia dopes the Olympics. Gets banned. Russia dopes our elections. Gets the United States of America.— (@eugenegu) #
Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics however Putin vows to remain competitive in 2018 US elections.— (@cgshort) #
Back For 202
Russia has been banned from the 2018 Olympics. However they will still be allowed to participate in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.— (@andyruther) #
This Is How We're Treated?
We fix entire US election, & this is how Olympics treat us?— (@diane_7a) #
Who To Cheer For?
It's a good thing that Russia is banned from the Olympics so Trump doesn't have to decide which country to cheer for— (@hiremeimfunny) #
Way More Secure
In the light of recent Olympics news all I can say is: figure skating is WAY more secure than US Elections— (@wokeluisa) #
If the Russians can be banned from the Olympics, surely we can find a way to ban them from interfering in our next election. Right?— (@jordanoftheusa) #
Time To Shift Attention
Russia has been banned from next year's Winter Olympics. Will shift attention to winning 2018 midterm elections.— (@barrettall) #
Just A Thought
I think it's great that the IOC has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics. It'd be great if the US could ban them from our elections. Just a thought. #RussiaBannedFromOlympics— (@mrssmh2) #
Putin: "Olympics are just so passe. We award gold medals for throwing elections, vaulting international laws and laundering money.— (@drhug) #
This One Again
Russia is banned from 2018 Olympics, but still eligible to compete in 2018 mid-term elections.— (@sladewentworth) #
Russia has just been banned from the Winter Olympics. In a related story, Trump will be hosting the 2018 First Annual Moscow/Mar A Lago Winter Sports & Friendship Festival.— (@thebradsherwood) #
Vere Is Rink?
Hello, Comrades. We are hockey team from Cuba. We are loving cigars and hockey. We are coming from Havana to play in Olympics. Vere is rink?— (@blaiseinkc) #
Not The Oval Office
Russia is banned from the Olympics, but not from visits to the Oval Office where Trump can boast about obstruction.— (@mattyiceus) #
OK, We Get It
The joke about Russia being banned from the Olympics but not being banned from US elections - we got it, thanks.— (@blaiseinkc) #
Is the joke overdone? OK, a bit. Is it what we all need at this juncture in 2017? Yes.