Skip to comments.Olympics: Opening ceremony grapples with weighty issues
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."
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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. Its something that is very dear to peoples 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
I was disgusted. Watched 10-12 minutes in 30-40 second doses.
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??
The only thing worse was the Obama ad about middle class.
Some of the weirdest stuff I’ve seen.
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
I think the DNC paid Boyle to put it in there.
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.
When did LSD come back into vogue?
Was Stalin there?
Boy in a dress?.
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?????
Thanks for the heads up - I’ll be sure to NOT tune in!
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.
Very brief movie clip being projected on that thing I think was a house in the middle of the stadium.
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.
‘knowing what I know about the UK’
I will watch it again later, and try to tell you the film.
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