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Choreographer angry that NBC cut segment (Christian hymn was cut out)
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Posted on 07/28/2012 7:30:59 PM PDT by marthemaria

The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience.

Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death."

NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.

"I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I am really sad that I couldn't show the work in America, and that really upsets me, because I don't think it's any more or less than the other pieces. It brings to mind the question ... that maybe it's too truthful."

The ceremony's program describes the performance as dramatizing "the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun."

Some in the British press have interpreted the segment as being a tribute to victims of bomb attacks in July 2005 that killed 52 commuters and four suicide bombers on London's transit network

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; christians; hymns; nbc; olympics
It was very beautiful segment with the hymn. Sad that it was edited out.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 7:31:07 PM PDT by marthemaria
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To: marthemaria

nbc dumped out a Christian hymn? I am not surprised.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 7:35:06 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: marthemaria

You really think they would give a Christian hymn air time? LOL


3 posted on 07/28/2012 7:35:06 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: marthemaria

NBC can fight God if they want. If God shakes the earth just one time, they will all fall to their knees.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 7:36:21 PM PDT by donna ("...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way..." -Mitt Romney)
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To: marthemaria
Phelps' interview was a waste, though it made it clear his heart is not in it, thus his loss today was no surprise.

Big mistake on NBC's part.

5 posted on 07/28/2012 7:37:43 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: marthemaria

Amidst the frantic Olympic opening ceremony...beautiful hymn.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqTuoJ_-ex0


6 posted on 07/28/2012 7:42:45 PM PDT by donna ("...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way..." -Mitt Romney)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yeah, not surprising. Anything that supports Christianity or American patriotism (nationalism) would be shunned by NBC and their Muslim controllers.


7 posted on 07/28/2012 7:43:33 PM PDT by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: donna

They probably had the producer from Miami who spliced the Zimmerman police phone call tape working on the Olympics—keeping up the standards they set with the Richard Jewell story. NBC is a hollowed out peacock.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT by vrwconspiracist (The Tax Man cometh)
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To: marthemaria; All

posted earlier- the video is at the Deadspin link...it was also a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2911825/posts


9 posted on 07/28/2012 7:44:30 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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10 posted on 07/28/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: marthemaria

So the IOC had no problem honoring family members of the specators but wouldn’t allow any mention of the athletes killed in the 1972 Olympics?


11 posted on 07/28/2012 8:05:03 PM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: marthemaria

I don’t blame the choreographer for one minute. I am right there with him. Of all the countries that can relate to the sorrow of a nation after a terrorist attack, we can. Yet, NBC sees fit to act as dictator, and edits the solemn programming out. Despicable.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 8:06:03 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: marthemaria

The IOC chief said they could not have a single minute of silence for the 40th anniversary of the Munich 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes because it was “too sombre” and the Olympics were to be about “uplifting and hopeful themes”. But THIS long display focused on death and the 7/7 terror attack wasn’t “sombre”?


13 posted on 07/28/2012 8:09:33 PM PDT by montag813
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NBC???Rachel Maddow probably did not approve....not to mention schultz...Pathetic


14 posted on 07/28/2012 8:11:38 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: marthemaria
I watched the opening ceremonies live on BBC One and was surprised that the hymn Abide With Me was included, but am not surprised to learn the NBC edited it out.

Pretty pathetic, but not at all surprising.

15 posted on 07/28/2012 8:15:34 PM PDT by Will88
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To: marthemaria

what are the people doing running around during it?


16 posted on 07/28/2012 8:18:02 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: marthemaria

It was broadcast in the Guangzhou Airport in COMMUNIST China. I heard it nad wondered why a decidedly Christian hymn expressing absolute trust in God’s promises would be broadcast in that place. Now, I know.


17 posted on 07/28/2012 8:29:24 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: marthemaria
The poem "Abide With Me" was written by Henry F. Lyte, a Scottish Anglican cleric, in 1847, when he was in the final stages of tuberculosis--a cure was a century away. In 1861, it was set to music by William F. Monk, an organist and a great Anglican musician who wrote dozens of tunes to which many great hymns have been set, including "And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love" (1875). The hymn "Be Still, My Soul" is sometimes set to this tune.

It's a shame that NBC didn't show this--they probably used the time for a commercial break.

18 posted on 07/28/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: donna

Thanks for the link.
What a shame NBC edited this out it is very beautiful.
So very obvious why they did that.
We are all in big trouble. Prayers to God to save our United States of America.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 8:50:32 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: marthemaria

NBC is the most shameless of the atheist Democrat networks.
This is absolutely no surprise.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 8:54:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: marthemaria

Here is a clearer recording of the Hymn, done by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, with a bit of the history of the Hymn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmjuqZSH_aY&feature=related

Abide with Me

Henry F. Lyte, 1847

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

And another recording by Hayley Westenra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg3gCw5mm7c&feature=related


21 posted on 07/28/2012 9:42:56 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: marthemaria

NBC hates Christians.

Pray for America


22 posted on 07/28/2012 9:55:06 PM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: donna

Thank you for the link. Now I’m even more amazed they are “getting away” with cutting it.


23 posted on 07/29/2012 5:57:37 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Boiling tea makes it stronger. I'm a Tea Party Patriot...and I AM BOILING!!!)
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To: marthemaria

According to the bbc http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19037588 it was cut because NBC thought the Americas wouldn’t be interested in a 7/7 tribute but would rather see Ryan Seacrest.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 4:47:38 PM PDT by turn_to
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