Skip to comments.OPENING CEREMONY SUCKED
Posted on 07/30/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT by shortstop
Actually, London, your opening ceremony was atrocious.
It was horrific.
It was a deeply troubling insight into a once-great nation.
I recognize that, in the grand scheme of things, the opening ceremony of the summer Olympics doesnt amount to a hill of beans. Probably, the summer Olympics themselves dont have any true significance.
After all, its just sports, and most of them are obscure sports.
But they are entertaining nonetheless, and we look forward to them each four years, and we enjoy the spectacle as much as we enjoy the competition.
Which is why on Friday night we lined our families up in front of the television set to see how London would open its season in the sun. Years of preparation, millions in expenses, thousands of volunteers.
The world convened happily in anticipation of the pure enjoyment of love of country and honest competition. Thankful for the every-four-year effort to out do previous the Olympiad, we were eager to see what the Brits would do to try to outshine the Chinese.
And it was a complete flop.
It was a stunning, enraging, insane flop.
Probably few things have been done in the history of England which have so damaged the kingdoms esteem in the mind of the public.
Americans have the belief that, somehow, Brits are more educated, articulate and refined than most.
Those beliefs went down in quick flames Friday night, as the opening ceremony morphed into a sad commentary on the cultural decay of Great Britain.
Supposedly intended to highlight the fundamental strengths of British history and character, the spectacle instead reeked of ignorance and entitlement.
If anyone wondered why and how the British empire fell, the buffoonery of Friday night offers some pretty good insights.
It also offered a chagrining contrast between the precision of the Beijing opening ceremonies and the mindless meandering of the London opening ceremonies.
China had choreography, China had spectacle, China had vast quantities of people who could perform with computer-like precision.
London had an insane storyline through which many earnestly but pointlessly drifted. It left the world surprised at the cultural stupidity of the people of the British isles.
One of the purposes of an Olympics opening ceremony is to give the world a chance to see the culture and accomplishments of the host country.
Unfortunately, the people who wrote the London opening ceremony have no grasp of the culture and accomplishments of the British people.
For example, the opening ceremony focused on Englands childrens writers and its socialized medicine system.
Let me repeat that. England has the worlds attention. Perhaps a billion people around the globe are turned in.
And we get A Hundred and one Dalmations and the nationalized medical system that pretty much ensures people needing surgery will either have to do without, wait months to be seen, or travel to America for care.
This is the country of Shakespeare, Dickens and the Magna Carta. The nation whose colonial system left footprints of democracy across the globe. The birthplace of English common law which to this day provides the foundation of most legitimate legal systems.
It was England which first opened the door to political liberty.
And it was England which stood alone so long against Nazi Germany.
One of the most noble and noteworthy civilizations on earth and they do a parachuting-queen stunt that seems right out of a season finale of Survivor. Some indecipherable parade of people in old clothes, various strained efforts at political correctness, and a nightmare sequence with dancing doctors and prancing nurses was neither entertaining nor honest.
Because, contrary to the impression left by the Olympic opening ceremony, the British people are not idiots and their history is not insignificant. The ceremonies were trifling, but England is not.
And its unfortunate the opening ceremony didnt make that point.
The English have given us the language of the modern era. They define our time and they paved the way to our liberties and our literature. The British empire left a string of former colonies that are among the modern worlds freest and most prosperous.
The English people, with the Scots and the Irish, are great.
But the fools who made the Olympic opening ceremony seemed oblivious to that fact. They seemed intent on nothing short of embarrassing the British.
And boring the world.
The Olympic opening ceremonies sucked.
And the jokers who put them on should be embarrassed.
The many pianos at Los Angeles 1984 opening were memorable.
Or at least, "We are not amused."
It was grotesque. I turned off the tube and told my kids a little bit about Britains great history - something the opening ceremony utterly neglected.
And an awful lot of that history included colonialism, as dfwgator mentioned. I recall we had a problem with that colonialism in the past.
The worst opening. I gave up when all those hospital beds appeared.
Should Atlanta have showed slaves getting whipped or the KKK?
The opening ceremony celebrated degradation. The white pony instead of the American Flag on the uniforms of the American athletes fit right in with the degradation theme.
Thank goodness! I thought I was the only one who thought the ceremony was horrible!
Vancouver, now THAT was bad. The flame ceremony was totally botched. Remember that lame poet they had?
While I wasn't fond of the dancing NHS segment, there was at least a tenuous tie-in with Peter Pan, as Barrie donated the rights to the work to the children's hospital featured.
On the whole, I think it was mediocre. It had good moments and bad moments. I did like the lighting of the torch sequence, though. (Nothing in my mind can top Barcelona or Lillehammer lightings, but they're in a class of their own.)
‘For example, the opening ceremony focused on Englands childrens writers and its socialized medicine system.’
Peter Pan was written by a Scotsman. And Mary Poppins by an Aussie.
‘And it was England which stood alone so long against Nazi Germany.’
And this man is lecturing others on bad history?.
I remember back expecting the Athens games to be terrible, but they turned out to be one of the best, ever.
I thought I was watching New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia.
They should be flogged and banished.
It was amazing. My wife looked at me and said "Hunh. No pressure."
Otherwise, the rest was crap. We turned it off after 5-10 minutes.
I could trust him implicitly.....to be had for a price, you see.
It was the kind of Opening Ceremony a city with no t*sticles would enjoy. A celebration neutered excellence.
Agree that Lauer and Viera were having a hard time trying to follow the script to explain to us what the hell was happening before our eyes. The industrial revolution? The Sgt. Pepper uniforms? The crazy beds with sick kids jumping around? How did they keep a straight face trying to describe that lunacy? Felt bad for them, actually.
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