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You really need to see this video, even if you don’t read the article:
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Here’s The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn’t Want You To See — The major transitional element of today’s London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem “Abide With Me” by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named. (It’s also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)
Regardless, it was a rather significant and emotional moment in the opening ceremony, coming just before the parade of nations—and it wasn’t aired in the United States. Instead, viewers were treated to a lengthy and meaningless Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps…
If New York City had got the bid, and the UK had cut OUR obligatory 9-11 tribute, what do you suppose the American reaction would have been?
Well, imagine that, and write NBC about their craven, horrific, idiotic coverage of the opening ceremony. Some suggest that it “wasn’t about 7/7. Au contraire:
Here’s the prepared BBC remarks as aired:
Ladies and gentlemen, please pause silent for our memorial wall for friends and family who can’t be here tonight. The excitement of that moment in Singapore seven years ago when England won the games was tempered the next day with sorrow from the events of July 7th that year. A wall of remembrance for those no longer here to share in this event. [ibid.]
This is pointless media self-manipulation, but, worse, another piece of evidence that NBC is no “free press” as guaranteed by the First Amendment, but, rather, a self-serving propaganda machine more than willing to distort facts to their agenda on even the most trivial of pretexts. Sorry, NBC, but the first HALF HOUR of your coverage was nothing but a long self-promotion video for your own coverage and your stupid fall network shows. When the “opening” video actually started, I was certain that it was just another masturbatory NBC self-promoting lube job.
(Worse, Cubby Broccoli managed to con the Queen of England into a free promo for yet another necrophiliac James Bond craptacular — whose commercial came conveniently just a few minutes after the stupid sky-diving stunt. A perfect metaphor for how International Corporations now trump any pretext of sovereign nations. The UK OUGHT to be justifiably up in arms over this final cheapening of monarchy, but I have seen no commentary on it, thus far.)
My personal highlights?
Shows picture of a stern-faced Queen as the UK team marches in. NBC (crap) Announcer: ”There’s the Queen, cheering loudly for Britain…”
The shot the NBC announcer was describing …
And, when they came to the “dream sequence” (Fifty Mary Poppinses battling a 50-foot inflatable Voldemort with Real Sparking Wand®), I was already wondering, “so the preceding was the “realistic” part? (I will pass over the gigantic weird enormous phallic erection of the smokestacks as the peasants rip up the sod of pastoral England, to celebrate the “industrial revolution” which bore such a resemblance to the Uruk-hai “dark satanic mills*” [* a line seemingly missing from almost-British national anthem, "Jerusalem" from the William Blake poem) of Saruman's tower that I wondered if the Lord of the Rings filmmakers oughtn't sue for plagiarism).
Lord of the Rings
I had not realized that LSD was as popular as it apparently is.
[WSJ live blog commenter: 'The industrial revolution was the time in English history when a bunch of break-dancing Abe Lincolns built smokestacks.']
And, Bob (I am SOOO smart! Hey everybody! Ain’t I smart?) Costas’ (this is an exact transcription):
“The modern bicycle was invented in Scotland just a few days ago.”
Bobo Costco on Bicycles
To be fair, Costas was a) taking a very short pause between nonsensical jabbering sentences, and b) much better than Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer, who managed to do the single WORST Rose Parade coverage that I’ve ever seen. Now, don’t get me wrong: I loves me the Rose Parade coverage, mostly because it’s so goofy and ofttimes idiotic, but next to the Today Show host’s mangling of the Opening, the worst Rose Parade commentators looked like Nobel Prize Speeches.
Actually, this was less transcendent than kind of creepy
Bob Costas was merely insulting, trivializing and the epitome of what an self-centered ugly American manages to exhibit to the rest of the world. They COULD have actually shown teams (many Americans are related to some of those athletes, or came from those countries) but, instead, Costas provided a non-stop idiotic cataloging of embarrassments and ugly trivia about all the nations of the world, as NBC’s cameras FAILED to provide minimal professional coverage of people walking in a damned arena, which any sixth-grader with a little coaching could do.
Why watch a parade when the network showing the parade is TOO GOOD to actually SHOW THE FREAKING PARADE??!?
This is either Team USA or a gang of demented, overage Campfire Girls
(Because that crap network has a monopoly on coverage. That’s why. Still doesn’t explain why they hired monkeys instead of cameramen, but then NBC has taken an entirely frivolous approach to the whole thing from day one, t’would seem.)
And of course, the Ninja Yachting Club Assault team (with their UNAMERICAN “pol0 silhouette” crests emblazoned on their Ralph Lauren nightmare made-in-China uniforms was nearly the highlight of the World Festival of Kitsch (a/k/a the Olympic Opening Ceremonies):
If Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer had seen any of these guys dressed like this, he’d have beaten the crap out of them, on general principles.
And, in case you wondered at how craptacular the supine and compromised media are, here’s some idiot at the Washington Post, viewing the opening through cash-colored glasses:
NBC Universal also earned a measure of redemption from critics. The company, which began streaming all of the Olympics competition online live on Saturday, was blistered on Twitter Friday by people who wondered why the opening ceremony wasn’t shown live (it was aired on NBC on tape delay, since London’s time zone is five hours ahead of the eastern United States). But four years ago in Beijing, NBC learned such complaints only increased buzz and made people more interested in watching it on TV in prime time.
In light of all this, USA CrapDay’s fawning, jingoist coverage seems particularly hypocritical and vile:
Thank heavens for Bob Costas, who brought some life to the parade of nations, and seemed to bring out the better in Lauer. He also made time in the broadcast to honor the memory of the Israeli athletes murdered in Munich 40 years ago, something the IOC and the London organizers refused to do.
Yeah, like NBC decided to censor the British commemoration of 7/7. How do you people sleep at night?
Bob Costas Fulfills Promise to Call Out IOC Over Refusal to Honor …?
Hollywood Reporter – 21 hours ago
Bob Costas fulfilled his promise to acknowledge on national television the … and coaches murdered nearly 40 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics…
But, NBC decides to censor the British commemoration of THEIR terror attack. What MORAL bastards you are, NBC.