New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and New York City Comptroller John Liu are pressuring Olympic sponsors AtoS, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, Omega (Swatch), McDonalds, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble, Samsung and Visa in a letter sent this week to take actions in support of the human rights of Russian citizens and visitors and athletes before the upcoming Sochi Games, the Times Union reports:
DinapoliDiNapoli announced Tuesday that he and a coalition of investors with at total of $327 billion of assets under management have sent letters to ten major corporate sponsors of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi urging them to in turn use their influence to “ensure the human rights of Russian citizens, as well as athletes and visitors to the Olympics.” NYC Comptroller John Liu is another signatory.
“The Russian government’s discriminatory laws have cast a shadow over the Olympics,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “We call upon these corporate sponsors to stand up for the respect and equality enshrined in the Olympic movement, advocate for human rights and confront abuses. Taking a stand against these prejudicial laws and policies is not just the right thing to do, it protects shareholder interests and corporate reputations.”
A two-year relationship Morrissey had with photographer Jake Owen Walters has been edited out of the version of Smiths frontman Morrissey’s Autobiography published in the U.S. by G.P. Putnam, SPIN reports:
MorrisseyWhen the book first hit shelves in the U.K. via Penguin Classics, one of the major revelations came via the anecdotes that detailed Moz’s time spent with the man. Though the book didn’t specify whether they were lovers, the author’s fondness is quite clear.
SPIN reports that not only does the U.S. edition remove a photograph of Walters as a boy included in the UK version, it also deletes other details:
It also seems Walters’ name has been removed from a story about a night out with Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde. WENN reports that these are two of “many details” that have been modified or redacted for this version of Autobiography. The two-year relationship, which inspired Moz to dub himself humasexual, took place in the mid-’90s.