The Sochi Olympics — so far — have only two narratives: What’s the deal with Bob Costas’ eyes and how the Russian government oppresses its gay citizens. While the former is extremely interesting, its the latter that journalists are truly in love with. In fact, there are so many reporters wanting to interview gay Russians that they’ve become more annoyed with the press than with the government.
As The New Republic notes, pretty much every story about gays in Sochi involves Mayak, the city’s popular gay bar. Julia Ioffe of TNR went to Mayak to experience the madness first hand and — of course — encountered a sea of fellow reporters.
“We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” Mayak’s co-owner, Andrey Tanichev, told Ioffe. The other Mayak owner told USA Today, “We just want Western journalists to leave us alone.” Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen until the Games are over.
Now let’s all recognize the irony of two reporters going to Mayak to write stories about how there are too many reporters at Mayak.