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Olympics: Opening ceremony grapples with weighty issues
AFP ^ | July 27, 2012

Posted on 07/27/2012 6:45:57 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

A celebration of free healthcare, the trade union struggle, the battle for women's rights and a fleeting lesbian kiss: the Olympics opening ceremony Friday did not shy away from weighty social issues.

Unsurprisingly, the show devised by Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle drew accusations from the British political right that it had strayed into "leftie" issues.

Aidan Burley, a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservative party, tweeted: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen -- more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?"

He followed that with: "Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap."

Several people tweeted their support for his comments.

Alastair Campbell, former British Labour prime minister Tony Blair's communications chief, retorted on Twitter: "Brilliant that we got a socialist to do the opening ceremony."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; brilliant; dannyboyle; healthcarenotfree; leftiepropaganda; nhsisnotfree; socialist; weightyissues; welfareparade
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Boyle said he was proud to involve NHS volunteers in the ceremony, which was broadcast to four billion people across the globe.

“We are almost unique, I think, in having universal healthcare,” he said. “It’s something that is very dear to people’s hearts.

“If you live here, you will end up there, it does not matter how rich or powerful you are. If you get in serious problems you actually end up in the National Health Service. - Danny's day


1 posted on 07/27/2012 6:46:02 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I was disgusted. Watched 10-12 minutes in 30-40 second doses.


2 posted on 07/27/2012 6:47:59 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Theme music from “The Exorcist”, followed by:
A celebration of Socialized Medicine, followed by:
Scary villains from children’s literature, chiefly Lord Voldemort, followed by:
The arrival of Mary Poppins singing “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”, followed by:
Theme music from the wonderful Christian film “Chariots of Fire” — which was rudely mocked and made fun of.

Where are we going? And why am I in this hand-basket??


3 posted on 07/27/2012 6:51:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: cweese

The only thing worse was the Obama ad about middle class.


4 posted on 07/27/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT by kempster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Some of the weirdest stuff I’ve seen.


5 posted on 07/27/2012 6:52:46 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yeah just ask the average Brit how they feel about the NHS and all the ‘good’ care they get as they lay dying of neglect


6 posted on 07/27/2012 6:53:11 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I think the DNC paid Boyle to put it in there.


7 posted on 07/27/2012 6:54:25 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m just watching snippets on YouTube(No Cable). I had no idea that whole sequence was about socialized medicine. WTF?

Also other strange stuff: Brief shot of a movie with a boy in a dress, and some really cringe-worthy music from the 80s.


8 posted on 07/27/2012 6:55:02 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Ahead of the show, Boyle -- whose film "Slumdog Millionaire" won eight Oscars in 2009 -- denied he was pushing a political agenda.

...Later in the ceremony, dancers formed the shape of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament badge...


LOL!
9 posted on 07/27/2012 6:55:31 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: patriot08

When did LSD come back into vogue?


10 posted on 07/27/2012 6:55:54 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

LOL


11 posted on 07/27/2012 6:59:40 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
A "celebration of free health care."

Was Stalin there?

12 posted on 07/27/2012 7:00:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Boy in a dress?.


13 posted on 07/27/2012 7:00:43 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: cweese

Why is everything politicized nowadays?

It seems that everything from chicken sandwiches and fast food places, to the Olympics, are part of some political statement.

And, why is it that, when these non-political issues get politicized, that they are politicized towards the liberal side of whatever issue is being pushed?????


14 posted on 07/27/2012 7:02:40 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Thanks for the heads up - I’ll be sure to NOT tune in!


15 posted on 07/27/2012 7:02:44 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: cweese

I completely lost what interest I had in watching when I learned that these had been styled the “diversity” games as their theme. The icing on the cake is the Palestinians thanking them for not having a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli victims at Munich. It’s one big politically correct lefty puke fest.


16 posted on 07/27/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: the scotsman

Very brief movie clip being projected on that thing I think was a house in the middle of the stadium.


17 posted on 07/27/2012 7:08:01 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Well - knowing what I know about the UK, and the fools in charge of the IOC I have purposely left the TV off.

I knew that with the Nazi filled International Olympic Committee, the lefties in control of the UK and in the USOC my TV would be filled with lefty crap - and I thought likely the whole thing would be boring and infuriating. It was, as stories now showing up on the net attest.

18 posted on 07/27/2012 7:09:18 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

‘knowing what I know about the UK’

Excuse me?.


19 posted on 07/27/2012 7:10:53 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: VanDeKoik

I will watch it again later, and try to tell you the film.


20 posted on 07/27/2012 7:12:14 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The kid who opened with a solo.....for a billion plus people....did a good job, I thought.

The rest? Crap. I turned it off.


21 posted on 07/27/2012 7:12:19 PM PDT by wbill
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To: kempster

I fortunately missed that.


22 posted on 07/27/2012 7:15:20 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m glad I remembered to miss it.


23 posted on 07/27/2012 7:16:18 PM PDT by Random_User_250
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Judging by the expression on her face, the Queen was not pleased.


24 posted on 07/27/2012 7:19:29 PM PDT by zot
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To: the scotsman

No excuse...


25 posted on 07/27/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The “weightiest” issue was just raised by BET.

They wanted to know what in the world that honky was doing carry the flag for Kenya.


26 posted on 07/27/2012 7:20:56 PM PDT by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: mrsmel
"It’s one big politically correct lefty puke fest."

True. Complete garbage.

27 posted on 07/27/2012 7:21:57 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: Ron C.

You insult MY country, at least have the balls to say why.


28 posted on 07/27/2012 7:22:38 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I love the Queen. Seeing her was nice. (Danial Craig is very nice on the eyes!)

I was waiting to see if there would be a tribute to the rich and wonderful history of the British Empire. Or the many times through out history that the British Navy kicked the tar out of France.

Are they ashamed of it?


29 posted on 07/27/2012 7:23:55 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Why is everything politicized nowadays? It seems that everything from chicken sandwiches and fast food places, to the Olympics, are part of some political statement. And, why is it that, when these non-political issues get politicized, that they are politicized towards the liberal side of whatever issue is being pushed?????

Because they're out of time.

Binary reads, in part, "conduit closing."

December 21, 2012 Countdown Clock

30 posted on 07/27/2012 7:27:30 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’ve heard a rumor that all the female swimmers will have to wear “faux” scrotums so as not to offend the transgender athletes.

Various configurations are available and apparently the United States has the most aerodynamic models in use due to the extensive testing at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA.

The faux vaginas were still in the testing stage for the men, so, they will be implemented in 2016.


31 posted on 07/27/2012 7:29:30 PM PDT by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The flag bearer for Mongolia is SER-OD BAT-OCHIR.
I love that name!
32 posted on 07/27/2012 7:30:33 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Isengard..........


33 posted on 07/27/2012 7:31:43 PM PDT by Species8472 (Stupid is supposed to hurt)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It was AWFUL!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 07/27/2012 7:33:46 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: submarinerswife

They didnt seem to have much time for any history before the 19th century.

I didnt even see any Beefeaters, Yeoman of the Guard, or one Busby hat.


35 posted on 07/27/2012 7:36:23 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: wbill

I was so dissapointed, what a bunch of left wing crap! I was embarrassed for the U.K.!


36 posted on 07/27/2012 7:37:10 PM PDT by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (When all the working class leave California what will be left?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

And what was up with the baby? Kinda grossed me...


37 posted on 07/27/2012 7:37:20 PM PDT by myrabach
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“And, why is it that, when these non-political issues get politicized, that they are politicized towards the liberal side of whatever issue is being pushed?????”

My two cents: for normal people, politics is just a part of life, albeit an important one for us freepers.

For the left, politics is their religion. This was a church worship service for them.

And therein lies the irony: They want religious belief quashed while they attempt to inject their religion, socialism, into every facet of our lives.


38 posted on 07/27/2012 7:39:12 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Four years ago, the Beijing celebration demonstrated China’s ascendancy to the world.

Today Britain demonstrated the culmination of its decline. The NHS show was a weird and creepy celebration of Ingsoc. Even HM Queen Elizabeth II consented to a fictional role with a stunt double. Pathetic.


39 posted on 07/27/2012 7:41:13 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: cweese

This ‘celebration’ was a reflection of someone who thinks western society is completely addicted to popular entertainment - nothing more. Compared to Beijing’s opening ceremony this was childish and vapid, bereft of any sort of true achievement or dignity.


40 posted on 07/27/2012 7:42:54 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Why did Palestine have athletes there? Maybe I have been out of the loop, but when did they officially become a country?


41 posted on 07/27/2012 7:42:59 PM PDT by squidward
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To: FrdmLvr

Not only awful.....but extremely boring!


42 posted on 07/27/2012 7:44:06 PM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“It’s something that is very dear to people’s hearts.

Unless you need surgery on it, in which case you have to go to the end of the line.

-PJ

43 posted on 07/27/2012 7:50:23 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: submarinerswife
French fly the flag at London Games - France will play a prominent role in the medal ceremonies at this year's London Olympics with all the athletes who make it onto the podium saluting French-made flags. French company Doublet, based near the northern city of Lille, is the flagmaker for the Games so even the beloved Union Jack of hosts Britain will have a Gallic touch.
44 posted on 07/27/2012 7:53:15 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It was a communist show- communist theme and a leftist telecast- leftist hosts.


45 posted on 07/27/2012 7:54:18 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: VanDeKoik

Or long bowmen, billmen, knights, or anything cool like that. I know there are politically correct reasons for not having them, and there might be some good reasons for not including them. Sorry to the British FReepers if you think that would have been lame, but I love that stuff.


46 posted on 07/27/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

“This ‘celebration’ was a reflection of someone who thinks western society is completely addicted to popular entertainment - nothing more. Compared to Beijing’s opening ceremony this was childish and vapid, bereft of any sort of true achievement or dignity.”

Athens was really good too. I think those will continue to hold the 1 and 2 spots as the best.

This one started out like it could have been the best, but flamed-out badly.

It was a missed opportunity. Much of the pop culture stuff should have waited for the closing


47 posted on 07/27/2012 7:55:36 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady
"I was so dissapointed, what a bunch of left wing crap!"

Haven't seen much of their logo floating around either:

yitbos

48 posted on 07/27/2012 7:56:23 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Jerusalem”

The hill of Glastonbury where Joseph of Aramethea built a church - with all the flags of the world planted on it.

“Abide With Me”

And that majestic sequence with Isembard Kingdom Brunel, and the Industrial Revolution that changed the whole world, ending with the five rings of molten steel.

Even the brief homage to the NHS was hidden in a perfectly laudable piece about the Great Ormonds Street Hospital.

But where would FR be without its resident pack of “I refuse to watch this” know-nothing haters?


50 posted on 07/27/2012 8:02:06 PM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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